Nain Diamond Cross Stitch

A couple of rough days and not much stitching. But the borders are all done.


I’ve also finished the diamonds running straight down the middle and straight across the middle. When I started stitching them the way I had them designed, I hated them. So I ripped them out and then tried something different, like the center diamond but with two colors. I like them this way and they look better.

Toward the bottom, I have started the next pattern. The squares are done in a lighter blue than the diamonds and are filled with the medium rust. There are only four sets of these, and I hope it won’t take long to stitch. I’m also working on the ecru to fill in the empty spaces in the border.

Nain Diamond Cross Stitch – Progress 2

I’ve spent most of the last week working on the borders. Two points (at the top and the right are completed and I’m almost done with the point on the left as well. I know they will all be done by next week. On this 14 count Aida, it will be 12″ from top to bottom and side to side.

I’ve also started the next layer of the fillings., using medium turquoise and the darkest of the rust color. I like the way it weaves up and down as I stitch it around the center. I also need to stitch the four little diamonds in this second layer too.


Once the borders are completed, the rest should fill in quickly. I doubt that the whole design will be completely done next week, but the borders will be done and I hope another layer will be done as well.


Koshga by Gitta – Progress 4

This WIP is coming along slowly – but I’m getting there. I’m working on the largest border, trying to get to the corner across the bottom. This is the most complicated of the borders. Then I can work across the top as well. After I’ve reached the corners with the large border, I can start extending the other borders on the inside. I won’t be able to do too much more of the middle until I have the borders stitched.


Right now I’m just working on this and my first cross stitch design in the afternoons and evenings. I want to get them both completed. Then I can get back to the Stofft Santa and Ghiradelli Square. I’ve decided that I can’t have so many things going at once. So, two projects upstairs and two projects downstairs. That’s it for now. When one is done, I can start on something else.

Introducing Nain Diamond Cross Stitch

Inspiration for new designs can come from anywhere! But you know I love rug designs the most. Even though I have many books on my shelves that have rug history, rug design, Persian rugs, Tribal rugs, etc. I still love to surf the web looking for something unusual. I found this rug on It’s a Persian Nain rug from Iran. The wheels in my little brain have been spinning for a couple of months now – a new rug (maybe next year), needlepoint pillows and maybe some cross stitch designs.


Since I already have a large rug started, I decided to do a cross stitch design based on the center of the rug. I charted it out and started stitching. Did some ripping and then got on track with some changes. Here are the colors I’ll be using and a peek at a little of the chart (some things have changed since this photo was taken).


Right now the design is about 6″ on 14 ct Cream Aida. I’ve filled in the little holes in the borders around the middle with white floss, but I’m not sure I like it. I might try the lightest turquoise to see if I like it better (beads maybe?).  The center section is now completed and I’ll be adding to the brown border as I fill in the hexagons that are completed. Eventually it will be a 12″ diamond.


I’ll try to get one point on the diamond outlined by the next time you see it.

Koshga by Gitta – Progress 3

I try to work on this a little each evening. Even a half hour helps to make a little progress. I filled in the rest of the red border and added the last border of black and white. Then I started the center section.


I still have a little of the largest border to fill in and a tiny section of brown in the center part that is completed. I’ll continue the center over the next week and also extend the largest border across the top and bottom. When that border is completed, I can slowly add the inner and outer borders. After all these years, it nice to see the halfway mark approaching.

Border Rug – Progress 2

Have you ever had a project that just didn’t want to be stitched? Where you ripped out as many stitches as you put in most days? Welcome to my last week. I practiced stitched the motif that I’m working on for this rug and I still ran into problems. I wanted the little yellow boxes to be Scotch stitches over 4 threads, like in my practice stitching, but it just wouldn’t work. Two days in a row I stitched and ripped out parts of the motif, counted the number of threads between the triangle shapes, etc. I finally found out that I had different numbers of threads between the yellow triangles! Then I could continue to stitch the way I did while I was practice stitching. Counting from a completed triangle, stitch a second triangle. Then stitch two rows of Diagonal Mosaic stitches beside each triangle shape, so it’s easy to place the Scotch stitches in the middle. They are stitched over 3 threads, instead of 4 and it works out much better than originally stitched.

Having the same number of threads between each triangle will alter the width of the rug a little, but it’s working well and I can adjust each band to follow so that it will fit in the new width. I’m doing it the way the rug has dictated, and the rug and I are both happy now. LOL


Here is the first corner with the outer and inner borders all stitched. And the color is much better than the photo last week – closer to the real color.  The triangles alternate up and down across the row. There are 7 triangles across the bottom of the rug. The row will end with a triangle tipped on it’s side like the one on the left that I started with. In the photo below,  you can see that I have passed the middle mark on this bottom edge. The fourth triangle, pointing down, is the center of the rug. I should be able to finish across the bottom and start up the right side before I post again next Wednesday. With a little luck, I may be able to start the first band as well. Here is the rug so far:

Border Rug -2

Introducing the Border Rug – Progress 1

I started the design process for this rug in early December. Time to introduce you to it and get it started. I bought a book in the early 70s that reminded me of the rugs I had seen in Morocco. I’d only been back in the States for about 3 years when I found this book.


It’s a book of illustrations from North African Carpets, mostly Tunisia and Algeria. For the most part, they are all Berber designs. They have partial illustrations of rugs, but most of the book is motifs of all sizes and many, many borders for rugs. I’ve always wanted to do one of the rugs and now is the time. Rather than take one of the illustrated rugs from the book, I copied various borders that I liked, cut them out, and arranged them to form a border rug of my own. A rug with nothing but borders!

layout start

There is one border that will go all the way around the rug and others that will form bands across the shorter length of the rug. I bought a half hank of Cabernet Silk & Ivory thread and a few other skeins of colors I needed. Most of the threads will come from what I have in my stash. These are leftovers from other rugs I’ve done, such as the Mosiac Rug. So there will be lots of olive greens and rusts, and a few others (natural, black, light blue, light gray, etc.).

I used my cross stitch software to rough out these borders and a few that aren’t in the photo above, and started to do my practice stitching. I knew there would be spacing problems because of the cross stitch software so the practice stitching was even more important this time. My rug won’t look exactly like the borders shown above, but hopefully they will be similar.

I usually do a small border all the way around to set things off – using Slanted Gobelin over two threads. So I changed that up as well. There are three rows of Basketweave – black, natural (off-white), and black again.

Outer border

Then I finally started the first border. This is stitched mostly with Continental and Diagonal Mosaic stitches.

Border Rug -1

The photo seems a little dark – the burgundy is a little brighter. Working on the practice stitching for some of the other bands finds lots of repeats on stitches – Diagonal Mosaic, Ray stitches, and Sprat’s Head. This could prove interesting. Hope you will enjoy watching as I stitch it.


Jim Wurth’s Peace Tree – Progress 3

This is moving along quickly. I’ve finished the tree branches and added the Jessicas as dangling ornaments and candles on the inside of the branches.

Peace Tree-3

I’ve done a few more things since this photo was taken. And I hope to have it done by Friday, so I will post the final photo on Saturday.

The outline was done in Grandeur silk. The peace symbol was filled in with Petite Very Velvet and the tree branches were done in Flair. Everything else in this design is Kreinik braid and ribbon – 11 spools in various colors and sizes. I’ve been going slowly, just a few steps each day. I don’t want to make mistakes and have to rip out any of those stitches. Off to do a few more Jessicas.

Jim Wurth’s Peace Tree – Progress 2

I wanted to finish off the small triangles at the bottom of the Peace Symbol next. The three small Jessicas were stitched first and then the large one in the center of each part. A small bow was added with Kreinik Gold Ribbon. The background was filled in with 4-way Continental. Above and below the large Jessica, the 4-way was stitched with Kreinik #4 braid in Copper/Gold. To the left and right of the large Jessica, it was stitched with Gold Kreinik #4.

Peace tree-2

At the top you can see two Crescents that were stitched with green Flair. These are the first two branches for the tree. Two more sets will be stitched, each set longer than the one that is already done. I’ll continue with those branches and then add the rest of the decorations. It won’t take long to finish this piece.

Jim Wurth’s Peace Tree – Progress 1

This was the December ornament when the dodecagons were a series. This will be #10 in the series for me to stitch.

The border was stitched with red Grandeur. The Peach symbol was created in red Very Velvet.

Peace Tree-1

Then the Peace Symbol was outlined with Antique Copper Gold Kreinik, then wrapped with gold Kreinik. The space between the velvet lines was also stitched in Antique Copper Gold Kreinik.

Peace Tree-1B

Now it’s time to get started on the rest of the design. (The green in the bottom corner is not part of the design. I must have had something green under the canvas when I took the photo). I’ll be filling in the two small diamonds at the bottom next.