I’m getting a little more time on this now that I’m not working on the mandala for the rest of the month. I have half of Band 6 done and I hope to have the other half done by the end of the week. It takes time to outline all the little diamonds, but they fill in very quickly using Triple Double Cross stitches. The lighter red along the edges is a variation of Sprat’s Head – used earlier in the band with olive and orange. The next section will be the middle band which is larger than any of the others. At the top, left you can see a few long stitches. That how much space the middle band will cover. The pale yellow triangle on the left (that isn’t filled in yet) marks the center of the rug at exactly 16.25 inches. I have the center band charted for 75-80 threads, but the space available now is only about 67 threads. Some of the bands ended up being a thread or two wider than originally planned. So I will have to practice stitch and make some adjustments before I can start that one next week.
So I still have a lot of work to do. I want it done this year, so I really need to get to work on it. I have other rugs planned for next year and I don’t want to put them off. So here is the rug so far.
I’ve finished the first of the three ornaments – sort of. All of the 3 squares have an Amadeus dagger, but they are oriented differently in each one. Here is Square 2 all done. You can see how the daggers stitched in dark teal are facing in different directions.
And this is where I ran out of the Kreinik #4 braid that I was using. It’s a very light green and was used for the Ray stitch on the first square and the crescent hearts on square 2. So I tried a silver for square 3 since it will be on the top and bottom. Might be okay.
Then I read how to sew it all together to make a cube. I have to use the same Kreinik #4 braid to sew it together! Okay, time to order another spool of very light green. But before I did that, I pulled out the threads for the other two color versions I’ll be stitching as well, and ordered another spool of each of those as well. When they arrive, I’ll pull out the silver Ray stitches on this one and redo them. Until then, I’ll get the lavender canvas onto stretcher bars and start working on that one. Hopefully the additional Kreinik will be here by the time I need it for the purple version. If not, I can start on the black and pink version. I won’t be sewing any of them together until I have all 3 done, so I have lots of time.
I’ve been missing needlepoint the last few weeks. I’ve spent a lot of time on cross stitch projects. So I’ve put them away for a couple of weeks (except for Father Christmas tomorrow). So I’m working on these ornaments, the last Jim Wurth ornament, the Border Rug and hopefully this coming week, the Peru Rug. Let’s see how much I can get done by the end of this month.
I haven’t worked on this much, but need to get busy and finish filling in all those diamonds. I’ve only done 6 so far. My color scheme is yellow, turquoise, and bright blue. There will be a little off-white and white, but not very much. Here are the ones I’ve done so far.
I’ve used Fyre Werks Holigram turquoise straight stitches on the very top one, then large cross stitches over that in yellow. Below that is Framed Mosaic using #4 Kreinik braid for the Mosaic stitches and an over dyed yellow thread. The bright blue to the right is the Arrowhead stitch, using El Molina rayon thread for the bright blue, and light yellow floss for the other stitches. The next row has the Ashley stitch on the left, done with Kreinik ribbon and Sparkle Rays. To the right of that is Vertical Wave stitch using an over dyed turquoise thread and bright yellow Vineyard Silk. The last one on the bottom is Twisted Cross and Ray stitches. The Twisted Cross is done in yellow Flair and the Ray stitch is done in El Molino rayon thread in blue. I have a long way to go, and I know that I won’t be using 124 different stitches – there will be a lot of repeats. This is great way to use up lots of small amounts of thread from my stash. I have a large bag of threads, many of them with just a few yards. I hope to use up at least half of all those colors.
Here is the rug so far. You can see that I have a lot to do. See you next month with this rug – hoping to have at it half done by then.
I’ve been working on the outline diamonds for this rug upstairs so I could get it completed a little faster. All 124 diamonds are now done and all the Sprat’s Heads are completed as well. Love those little half Sprat’s Heads at the four corners!
As you can see, the diamonds got lighter and lighter as I worked toward the outer edges. I used five different shades from one color family of Pepper Pot silk. Now that the diamonds are done, it’s time to play with stitches I will use to fill in those 124 diamonds. Below is my practice stitch canvas. It’s long and narrow and as I try out various stitches, I can move the canvas up a little at a time until it’s completely filled. I’m keeping track of the stitch names on a sheet of paper so I can tell you the names as I work on the rug. The practice stitch canvas is being stitched with a handful of floss and will NOT be the colors that I’m using for the actual rug. (I’m trying to use up my stash of Anchor floss.)
I have a list of about 40 stitches I’m going to try out before I start on the actual rug. I’ll be busy over the next week trying them out. Then I’ll start on the rug itself. Let the fun begin!
I’ve been stitching each day but not making enough progress on things to show you. Finally got the center finished and started the next step so I could show it to you.
Around the center from last time, I stitched 8 points stars in pale gray Elegance and then did a Ray stitch over them with red Marlitt. The four corners were padded with Grandeur and satin stitched over that with red Splendor. The last step in the middle was to do Four Way Continental in the space between the center and the stars with Kreinik silver braid #8.
I have just started the next step – 48 Jessicas done in #8 Kreinik braid in dark red. Next will be to fill in the open areas between the Jessicas and the completed center with Sprats Heads. I haven’t looked ahead to see what comes next. I only pull out about 5 pages at a time. There’s quite a ways to go still.
I didn’t get the dome and minarets finished. I haven’t had as much time to stitch upstairs. I finished the dark blue Woven stitch above the front panels, added rows of gold and turquoise cross stitches, and completed the dark teal Rhodes stitches above that. The top of the dome goes quickly. I only have the very top left to do and then add a dark gold around the edges of the dome.
It won’t take long to get the dome finished, maybe an hour or so. The minarets have a LOT of color changes and that takes time. I’m trying to do the little bits of minaret as I finish using each color on the dome. I should still be done in just a few more days. Then I can start working on the buildings on the right side of the mosque.
I now have the rug on the larger stretcher bars and am working on the last border I can reach before I have to turn it on its side to make my life easier. Here is the motif for Band 4.
Simple stitches that are moving along quickly – mostly straight stitches and Gobelin. The burgundy is the same shade as the border around the outside of the rug. Here’s the rug so far. The photo looks a little fuzzy – sorry about that.
I’ll finish this band and then turn it on its side and work on the outer border on the right side for at least two repeats of the pattern. Then I’ll turn in around and do the same for the outer border on the left side of the rug. To give you an idea of how much I still have to do, here is a photo of the entire canvas. The stretcher bars are 24″ wide and 34″ tall. The canvas is actually 36″ long to make sure I have 2″ on all sides when it is done. I fold the extra inch at each end down over the stretcher bar so it will fit inside the knuckle of the Twin Tower floor stand. This is the reason I have the 36″ bars on the Tower now instead of the 24″ bars – so my rugs will fit tightly and make it easier for me to stitch them.
The little mess of threads on the right side are leftover threads of different colors. Most of the time I use a half length of thread at a time, so the extra half goes in the pile along with any threads that are 10″ or more in length. You never know when they will come in handy.
I still have a small border, a medium border, and a large border in the center of the rug to go – before I start repeating all the bands in reverse order. A looooong way to go.