Slow going still. I didn’t do any practice stitching before I started this rug and boy do I regret that. I’ve been changing colors and trying stitch after stitch trying to get things to look like I pictured this rug in my head.
The center band is now complete. I did the lavender stitches, leaving one thread between each of the Hungarian stitches. Then used the medium purple to make the long cross stitch through the center. The triangle was stitched with the darkest shade of teal. Between these two sets of stitches I did Basketweave in white Splendor. That left the open triangles to fill in. I wanted a lacy look and tried about 10 stitches and didn’t get the look I wanted. I settled for Oblong Cross stitches (though I’m not thoroughly pleased with the result).
I’ve started working on the 8-pointed star band again. You can see I’ve used my laying tool to open the canvas a little in the five places where I’ll stitch the Eyelets next. Since there are no more decisions to be made, I hope I can work faster now and get this little rug completed soon.
Stitching is starting to pick up a little here, at last. I’ve finished the band with the 8-pointed stars. I decided not to do any background on the area around the Eyelets but did a simple background for the top and bottom of the band with Basketweave Twill. This is done on the diagonal like Baskektweave but you stitch every other row. On the top of the canvas, it looks like Skip Tent stitch which is stitched horizontally on the canvas.
I’ve started the next band, which will be the center band of the rug. I’ve started with the darkest shade of teal and the lightest shade of purple so far. I’ll be back with this rug when the center is done and I’ve started the band with 8-pointed starts again. Then it should move along quickly since all the decisions about colors and stitches have been made.
The website is back to normal as of last night. My ISP was on top of it right away and one by one restored the individual websites that were hacked. Scary but okay now.
As I mentioned in the last post about this rug, I’ve taken out the pink thread in the row of little boxes and replaced it with a pale yellow. Then I continued with the pale yellow and stitched Sprat’s Heads along the bottom and top of the current band of the rug. I haven’t done the four corners yet. Then I took a darker yellow and did a modified Star Eyelet in between the 8-pointed stars. I haven’t decided if I want to fill in the background around the various elements or not. I’ll have to think a little more on that.
This little rug is now 3″ tall and the next band will be the center of the rug.
Finally got this little piece finished and isn’t it lovely! Joni packed a lot of detail and new techniques into this 5 x 7 design.
We started the little Congress Cloth piece during the workshop and then finished it up on our own. We got brave and pulled a few strands away from the edges to form a fringe before we secured it to the 18 ct. canvas. No problem at all. Adding the pieces of cording across the Congress Cloth was a little more difficult, but I finally got it done yesterday. We used Seed beads and Bugle beads to secure the little gold square to the canvas.
On to other areas – the area to the left of the Congress Cloth was slow to start, but once I got into the rhythym of the stitch (which imitates cathedral windows) it went a little faster. I love the look of it too. The border stitched up quickly and a bead was added to center of each diamond.
Then on to the final section – the three diamonds toward the bottom. I had one Jessica done in my last post and quickly stitched the other two. Then on to the last new thing to learn. Joni used Lutrador (which she color-washed) to make the flower petals. Lutrador looks a lot like pellon, but doesn’t tear. Using a sharp needle, I sewed it to the canvas and placed a large bead in the center of each flower. I found the material slippery so my flowers are not as neat and pretty as the ones Joni did. But I can see how Lutrador can be used in a lot of different ways in needlepoint designs. I just need more practice using it.
I want to thank Joni Stevenson for designing this lovely piece and also for allowing me to post it on my blog. See more of Joni’s designs on her website http://www.jonisdesigns.com and learn more about needlepoint stitching on her blog http://creative-stitch.blogspot.com.
This little rug seems to argue with me over every color and stitch. Ever had that problem with a project? I changed the color that I needed to start the second band. That seemed to work well, so I quickly got the next part stitched as well, using the middle shade of purple to make the diamonds. No problem. Then it was time to fill in the diamonds using my favorite stitch – Rhodes done in two colors. I got the white part done, laying the 4 plies carefully. I tried 4 plies of the dark purple and thought it looked very heavy, so I pulled it out and tried 2 plies of silk. No, that didn’t work either. So I played with several ideas and ended up with only 3 lines crossing the Rhodes stitches done in white, using 2 plies of the dark purple. I can live with this. I quickly added the light purple across the top and a Slanted Gobelin band over 2 threads in beige and called it a night.
This rug is still just 1.75″ tall so I have a ways to go. Tonight I’ll start the next band and cross my fingers that the colors and stitches I have planned will work nicely together.
After the ANG Seminar last month, Joni Stevenson made a stop in Santa Rosa to do a workshop with our local chapter. We spent a great day with Joni, learning some new techniques for our stitching and starting her small piece called Medieval Medley. As usual for a workshop, we talked about a lot of the areas to be stitched, got started on many of them, and learned how to complete the piece on our own.
Joni painted the two canvases that we will use to finish this design. If you look carefully, you can see that we sewed a piece of tinted netting onto the canvas behind the three diamonds that have been stitched just below the center of the canvas. That was one new technique we learned. Now that I’ve completed some projects, this piece is one I try to work on each day. I’ve completed several of the sections that we started, added the green Scotch stitches around the sides and bottom and added the Mosaic stitches using Stef Francis Spun Silk with Flames overdyed thread. Now I’m working on the section at the bottom that was started with a violet Impressions.
When the Impressions stitching is done, I’ll work on the empty spaces. You can see that I’ve started on Step 1 by stitching a + in Kreinik green braid. Lots more to come.
I’ll show you this piece again when I have it completed – about two weeks I think. It’s a pretty piece and I look forward to each section of the design as I get to it. More things to learn…..
Thank you Joni for allowing me to show your Medieval Medley on my blog.
I corrected the problem with the first crescent and quickly got the other 3 done in white Flair as well. Then it was on to Jessicas – lots of them. I’ve never stitched a Jessica over another stitch before and when I had the two finished over the Crescents in the center, they didn’t look right. So I ripped them out carefully and redid them. They look great this time. The rest of the area was filled in with 4-Way Continental in silver Kreinik braid. I added the beads Monday afternoon and like the Arcadia ornament in the same colors, my bead stacks just don’t look like Jim’s. Sometimes after they are sewn on, you can pinch them with your fingers and they’ll look better. That didn’t seem to work this time either.
I’ve never been fond of beadwork, and I obviously need more practice. This is the last of the three projects I finished over the weekend – this, Riverbank, and Square 11 of the big rug. I’ll be quiet for a few days now while I get back to work on other projects that have been started.
I’m making good progress on this ornament. I finished the Sprat’s Heads on the other “corners.” Then I moved on to other areas. The third area from the left on top and the second area from the left on the bottom are stitched exactly the same, but the layers are reversed. On top, silver lines of Kreinik braid were laid down and then stitched over with gold Kreinik cross stitches. On the bottom, gold was laid down first and then stitched with silver. The other two areas were stitched the same, but the bottom was turned 90 degrees.
Then I moved to the areas on the left and the right. One set was stitched like the top, using silver first on the left and using gold first on the right. The other two areas were stitched the same but slanted differently.
You can see that I started the center too, but it’s wrong. I messed up somewhere and will take it out tonight and start over. If my threads hold out, I’ll have this finished in a few days. I know I’m close to running out of several threads and don’t have a LNS nearby. Cross your fingers.
Since these ornaments are quick to stitch, I decided to get another thing off my To Do List. This is Monrovia and it’s done in the same colors as Arcadia that I did a few months ago. This is my 9th one in the series.
Though it’s only 5″ around, it took me 3 tries to get the outline correct. You’d think I could do it in my sleep by now. When the outline was done in Smyrna Crosses, I continued to work the divisions on the inside with Smyrna Crosses. The last stitch in each Smyrna done in the center was done with #12 Kreinik gold braid.
The last ornament Arcadia had pairs of areas that were done the same, but with different threads. This one has more area divisions. The next step was to create 4 identical areas. Rows of parallel lines where stitched with #12 Kreinik gold and then couched down with pale gray Elegance. The four areas all have this part done. The last step in this set is to do a Sprat’s Head over each area with white Neon Rays. I have one of those completed. I’ll finish the other three and then move on to the next set of four small areas to be done.
I’ll post again next week when I’m farther along with the piece.
Making a little progress each week now. The windows have been edged in black Splendor so I can start working on the background for the windows. And I’ve finished the bottom of the car as well. Pale beige Neon Rays for the design in the middle, red and black Neon Rays for the bottom and Kreinik #12 braid for the gold lines in the center using the Van Dyke stitch.
A little more background was also completed, but I need to work on those wheels before I can go much further. (I forgot to end that last thread before the photo was taken. Sorry.)