I went to Come to the Point in San Raphael yesterday to pick up the Congress Cloth and some Splendor for my new rug. So here is my happiness:
A blank canvas and beautiful threads!! The Splendor on the left is what I picked up yesterday from Michelle. The center set is the Splendor I had on hand for the rug and on the right, overdyed threads that will be used for parts of the borders on the design. Then I’ll pull threads for the leaves and flowers as I need them – lots of solid threads and overdyed threads left over from various projects. A chance to use up lots of little odds and ends.
I showed this rug months ago, but it takes me a long time to develop my own adaptation. I worked for several months and then let it sit for a while. Here is the original rug – a Persian Qum.
It still isn’t done – I’ve decided to get to work on it and create the flowers and leaves as I go. As usual I’m making my version simpler, not as crowded. The border is completely designed. The second level has a rust background and I’ve put in most of the branches and stems. I’ll add flowers after the branches and background have been filled in. (The flowers you see in the design are just place holders, to give me an idea of where to put them.) The center section has a completed vase, but just a hint of stems and flowers. I’ll design the section around the vase when I start working on the vase. The rest will be designed in segments of about 3 inches at a time. The flower at the top is done, but could change.
This is the most complicated rug I’ve decided to adapt, but I really look forward to the challenge.
And to let you know how things go in my crazy mind – I was looking through my folder of Working Projects (design inspiration, designs being developed, designs that have stalled for one reason or another), and another piece caught my eye. One I’ve wanted to do for about 4-5 years but didn’t think I could handle just yet. But looking at it today, I got some inspiration and wanted to play. I printed out the original, grabbed my graph paper and started sketching some parts, writing in colors to use, even stitches for some of the elements. After an intense hour, I put it all away. But now I have a start on what I want to do with it the next time I want to start a new design. Now it’s back to the originally scheduled project. Here comes the Persian Qum rug! I’m super happy and excited today. Okay, cut fabric, tape edges, put on stretcher bars, ………
I’m trying to use what is in my stash and getting some finishing done. Today it was time for the Country Cabin Panel by Laura Perin.
I had a black shadow box that was long and narrow that I thought would work. I also had a foam board that I could mount the piece on that would make it more 3-dimensional. So I cut the foam board and wrapped the panel around it and laced it up. (I may take it apart to try to redo the corners a little better)
The shadow box had a heavy sticky strip along the top only – on the long side. I wasn’t sure that would hold up well with the weight of the foam board and the needlepoint. I went to Michael’s and bought a package of velcro and put a length of velcro along the bottom of the longer side. Then put everything together. I like how it looks.
It’s hard to get a good photo with the glass in place, but you get the idea. The background of the shadow box is like velvet (but I’m sure it’s just polyester). The needlepoint stands up about a half inch and has about a half inch of space around all sides.
I’ve been working on this on and off for a while and decided Saturday that I should just get him finished. Here is Fancy Hat #1.
The beige is Soy Luster, the turquoise band is Neon Rays and all the Mosaic stitches on the hat are Kreinik braid. The white Daisy stitches and Mosaic stitches on the face are Petite Sparkle Rays, the cheeks in Satin stitch are regular Sparkle Rays, the nose is Diagonal Mosaic stitched with floss. The eyes and the mouth are large black beads (size 8, I think). I have larger black beads and maybe should have used the larger ones for the eyes but I don’t want to change them now. I’ll keep that in mind for the others.
I bought 3 of these, so I still have one that is all blues and one that is red and green. Those two will be stitched and put away for grandchildren. This one is MINE! LOL
I’ll have another piece finished and ready for hanging by the end of the week. And the wedding shower gift was mailed today so I’ll be able to show that to you next week. I’m slowly getting a few things done.
Here is the whole piece as of this morning:
All of the background is done in the Ripples stitch. The the two gray edges of the outer border are also completed. So I’ve started on other areas. Here is a close-up of the area being worked on:
Flowers first – I’ve tried a million different ways to stitch these flowers and hated every one of them. Last week I finally tried this one and it works for me. The buds are another story. The one on the right is great but the one of the left has a slight curve and doesn’t look right. I’ve stitched it twice and will try again the next time this canvas is on the floor stand.
The small heron. I’m using Encroaching Gobelin (thanks for the suggestion Anne) for the breast and stomach and it’s going fine. I’m using two different overdyes to get the right color (that I wanted), reversing one of them in the needle. That isn’t quite finished yet and I’ll have to go back over the breast to put in the loose feathers. I started the lower feathers using a Weeks Dye Works overdye, but I’m not sure I like how I stitched it. The colors are okay. So I’ll be thinking about it (mulling it over) until I work on this again. I haven’t tied off the end of the threads for the bill – not sure it will stay that way or change next time.
Update: I forgot to mention the area just below the small heron. This is the start of the green/brown background that is overlayed with tall grass. I’m using 3 shades of loden green in Mosaic stitch for the background. The grass was straight stitches using an overdyed thread that is grayish-brown and grayish green. Again, I’m not sure I’ll stay with straight stitches. We’ll see next time.
Next week, it’s time for the ASOW ship to get put on the floor frame. I’ll continue the sky and rigging.
AND I’ll pick up the Congress Cloth for my new rug on Wed.!!! I need to get everything set up for that next weekend. More on that soon.
I’m back to my regular projects now. I haven’t worked on this for two weeks, so it obviously won’t be done this month.
Since the last band is also a large one and starts on the page with the bottom of the manor house and then on to the whole last page, I’ve decided to break things up a little. I’m going across the top of the band, working on the smaller motifs first. This still means I have to switch back and forth between two pages, but it’s working okay so far.
Page 7 has the crown and the bird’s head and the top two colors of the tree. The rest of the bird and tree are on Page 9. This is what I’ve completed since Sunday. I’m also working on the side border a little each day. When this much of the last border is done, I’ll be back to show you. There are several more kinds of motifs in this row that I need to figure out.
The bottom of the last band is 5 octagon medallions – 4 of which have designs done over 1 on this piece of 40 ct. linen. The words that were stitched months ago took a long time and this will be no different. I’m already having a little trouble working on the 40 ct. with over 2 stitches. I guess this is the last thing I’ll stitch on this count of fabric.
I promise that I have been stitching, just not getting a lot done. For the past week, after finishing the ABC Sampler, I’ve been working on a gift for a wedding shower. I can’t show it to you yet, but it was completed yesterday. Yeah!
In the evenings, I’ve picked up the Baby Girl House to work on it for an hour each night. I have now completed side 2.
I want to add a small stitch in Kreinik to the windows and found just the right one this morning. I’ll get that done tonight and continue on the roof of the next section.
There are so many cute little pieces to stitch on this – the rattle hanging from the roof (don’t know why, but okay), the cup and the baby blocks. The cup was stitched with silver Kreinik, everything else is Peper Pot Silk for the details. The pale yellow for the house itself is Vineyard Silk. I needed to buy one more skein of the Vineyard Silk, but all the other threads are from my stash.
I want to continue with this project in the evenings, so I hope I can show you the next side in a week or so.
I’ve been working overtime on this piece, hoping to get it done before the baby arrived. Penelope helped by being almost two weeks late, but I did get it done today!
I really can’t decide which little animal I like the best – the whale, rooster, turtle??? This was a fun stitch and moved along nicely. Now to get it framed and hang it in Penelope’s room.
We finally got to visit with Penelope and her parents today. She is so adorable and I got a photo of DH holding his first grandchild too. Then she fell asleep in my arms.
An all around wonderful day!