I’m finally working on the last of the 12 dodecagon ornaments by Jim Wurth. And would you believe – the first thread it told me to use was Grandeur G-822, the thread that is has been discontinued. So I pulled out my Splendor silk in the same number and went to work. It worked just fine. After doing the outline in Splendor and silver Kreinik, I started on the next 3 steps, all using gold and red Kreinik braid in various sizes.
This is the one that was supposed to be done on red canvas, but I used that on the last one. So this is on black and will be a little darker because some of the canvas shows through. I think it will still turn out well, with lots more gold and red. The photo doesn’t show how bright the gold is.
Lots more to do in the center next. I’ll be back with this one next week. On to the purple Threedles ornament tonight.
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 had a photo that I took before I started the last 10 steps of this piece, but it got erased when the computer crashed a week ago. So here we are with the finale.
The zigzags were created by layering Grandeur, Frosty Rays, Kreinik braid, and Fyre Werks – each thread laid next to the last one. The rectangles around that are Gobelin with dark red Grandeur every other rectangle and then silver and dark red Kreinik braid for the rest of them. The last area around the tassels was done with laid Grandeur and Kreinik braid that were tacked down with stitches over two threads using Kreinik and Marlitt. The 48 Jessicas around the center now have 5 silver beads per Jessica. That was the last step.
So number 11 of this set of 12 dodecagons is complete. I didn’t notice until I was half done that THIS one was supposed to be stitched on black canvas. Since no canvas is visible now that it’s done, I don’t think that is a problem. Coronation is the last of the set – supposed to be stitched on red and will now be on black canvas. I’ll start on that one in a week or two.
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 want to show you the final three areas before I show the whole piece. I love the little Theresicas in medium turquoise Impressions with a small X in Kreinik braid. This stitch is from Suzie’s Stitches volume 2. The Rhodes stitches in the diamonds were stitched with two shades of turquoise Impressions, a signature stitch of mine. The last set of hexagons around the outside of the piece are Ray stitches that meet in the middle done in Vineyard Silk, Jessicas stitched with Elegance and a copper bead inside each Jessica. I can’t believe how fast this stitched up – and how much fun I had choosing the stitches and getting it all finished up! I’ll get started on stitching instructions right away and hope to have them ready for purchase in a week or so. My only regret on this design is that the overdye only had two colors. I love the way it turned out since I love rust and turquoise! But I wonder if it would be better with an overdye that had 3 colors – more variations in colors to use. Also – if you are a person who wants everything to be exact and balanced, this design might not make you happy. The hexagons are not exactly “true.” They appear to be correct, but can be off a little. The stitches I chose for the hexagons help to keep the illusion of being exact. Just to let you know ahead of time. Update – I had promised that I would show you the two versions (cross stitch and needlepoint) side by side. Here they are.
Nain Diamond Cross Stitch – 2014
Now that the borders are all complete, it’s time to start filling in all those diamonds and hexagons. Like the cross stitch one, I started in the center area.
The diamonds that cross the middle from left to right and to to bottom were stitched with Jessicas. They were small ones and just didn’t look right. I ripped them out and stitched a larger version that looks better. I started to add a Smyrna stitch in the middle of each Jessica (see the bottom two diamonds) and they are too small, so they got ripped out too. The centers now have a Wheat stitch inside the Jessicas. The diamond in the middle is rust Impressions, the next ones going out from the middle are medium turquoise Impressions and the outer ones are a darker turquoise Impressions. The area around the center diamond was stitched with dark turquoise Shimmer for the grid lines and rust Impressions for the cross stitch tie downs.
For the next round of diamonds, I used both shades of turquoise Impressions to stitch the long crosses and small crosses to hold the threads together. The hexagons at the middle level are stitched with the rust using a Vault stitch from Shapes of Needlepoint. The small Smyrna stitches and the tie down for the Vaults were stitched with medium turquoise Impressions.
Now to decide on stitches for the rest of the design. I hope to have it done in another week.
Here we go again! I’m stitching the Nain Diamond, but in needlepoint this time and it’s going much faster. I’m stitching on 18 ct canvas and it will be about 10″ x 10″ when done. The one thing slowing me down in the design stage was how to make the diamonds. I couldn’t figure out how to make it pointed on all four sides. The final decision was to keep it pointed at the top and the bottom and flat on the sides since I was going to be doing Slanted Gobelin for the straight lines. I looked through a lot of stitch books and the stitch that intrigued me was Interlocking Gobelin. Could I do that on a slant? I figured it out and really like how it looks – and it’s super easy and fast to do. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t wait to show you this border completed. Look at the diamond on the right that is mostly rust colors. The stitches meet at the top and the bottom and overlap one stitch on the sides. Perfect! I have to turn the diamond a quarter turn for the outside diamond on the left and the right. Otherwise it would have a flat side facing out – not good. All other stitches in the entire design all face the same way.
I thought I would need at least two skeins of Watercolors for the borders, but it looks like I’ll be able to finish the borders with just one skein. Nice! I’ll be finished with the border today and then can think about stitches to fill in the diamonds and hexagons. I’ve pulled threads to go with the Fiesta Watercolors in rust and turquoise (the cross stitch one was rust and teal). I have lots of choices – floss, impressions, Kreinik braid, Sprinkles, and maybe a few others. I want to use some special stitches to make this a little fancier than the cross stitch.
Here’s where I am on the project today, about three fourths of the way around: