Persian Nain Rug – Progress 2

Since I only work on this on Saturdays, the progress is slow. But I finally have enough done to show you today.


This is the narrow end of the rug and it is 13.75″ wide. I’ve started the corner motifs but there is still quite a bit of work to do to fill in the triangle shapes. That’s a busy section. The area outside the triangles will be more open, with some motifs and lots of cream background. Hopefully in another month I’ll have lots to show you.

February D.E.S.I.G.N. – Modern Folk

What project are you talking about this month?

I’m stitching Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk. Jacob, the designer, put two tiles together in one set of directions. Though Jacob usually stitches his designs in red thread on white linen, I decided to stitch mine using DMC floss #3809 and #3810 on Golden Sand linen. Most of the design is being stitched with the darker color and only the leaves in the design will be stitched in the lighter color. I’m currently working on the one pictured on the left.



Jacob lives in England and his website is:

You can also find him on etsy:       Search for Modern Folk Embroidery

He has many designs to choose from and also sells linen and thread for his designs (including his own hand-dyed wool thread).

Have you stitched a design by this designer before?

No, I haven’t. I heard about him from a friend who was working on one of his designs.

Would you stitch another design by this designer?

Yes, I would. He has several I would like to do, including one in the February issue of Cross Stitch Collection Magazine.

What made you decide to buy this design? Any special things about it?

Like last month, I love things that have been adapted from other forms of art. This time, the design was taken from tiles in the Minster Chapter House. I look forward to seeing what new designs he will create from his trip to Scotland recently.

Here is my progress so far:

Chapter 1-2

The pattern is just a quarter of the design and you rotate the pattern and repeat it until you have completed the whole design. I’ll need to order another piece of linen for the second tile, but I think they’ll make beautiful pillows, about 15″ square – eventually. (The fabric looks beige on my screen, but is actually a gold color.)


Border Rug Finale

None of my other rugs have taken this long to complete – 11 months, 7 days. I started with 3 morning a week and then changed to 5 mornings a week the end of October, trying to get the rug completed by the end of the year. I was starting to think I would never get it done. But here it is – all stitched up!


The final size is 20″ wide by 34″ long on 13 ct. canvas. I’m glad it’s completed and I really like how it turned out. I didn’t keep an exact count of the number of skeins of Silk & Ivory I used (since I was using partial skeins left over from other projects as well as full skeins), but it’s about 35 skeins total.

You won’t find a Moroccan rug exactly like this one anywhere. I used patterns for borders that I liked and created my design using cross stitch software. As I stitched on the rug, I had to decide what stitches to use for each of the bands. This has lots of specialty stitches and caused quite a few problems along the way. But this rug is just for me, so mistakes and problems along the way don’t need to be mentioned. I’m sure I’ll never do another rug with a large X in the middle of a motif though. That motif was the most difficult.

The large frame upstairs will now be used for the mandala (which has been waiting patiently for its turn) and the Peru Rug which doesn’t seem to want to be finished. I’ll whip him into shape over the next few months. And I have the Persian Nain Rug started and I work on that one only on Saturdays (for right now).

As usual, I have too many projects going at once and my mind is in one of those “Let’s design a few more projects” mood as well. One new cross stitch design completed this last week already. Does anyone have a few extra hours per day that I could have? Or turbo needles? I sure could use them.

Happy stitching everyone.

WIPocalypse 2015 – February

January went by very quickly, but I did manage to get some things done. I finished one project – Hometown Holiday’s Village Church. I have the Fire Station to do, maybe later this month.


I worked on two projects. Father Christmas and Cats went from:

FatherC - Prog 4

to this:

Father C-Prog 5

I finally reached the right side which has alternating triangles in burgundy and brown, both stitched with Gentle Arts Sampler Threads. I’ll try to get a better photo of the colors along the right side next month. This one is rather dark. For February I’m moving to the left side of the design, working on the miles of background and finishing the left side of the face and the black tassel on the left side of the hat.

I worked on Norfolk Diligence Sampler, which went from this:

NF Sampler - 5

To this:

NF Sampler - 6

The verse is stitched over one thread on 40 ct. Slow going, but I’ll get all three lines done. And I’ll work on the borders down the two sides this month as well.

And I started a new project – the first of two Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk. I’m using DMC floss #3809 and #3810 over two on 32 ct. Golden Sand linen. It will be 15″ square when done.

Chapter 1-1

The question for February is – How do you overcome that feeling of being in a rut on a particular project? This doesn’t happen to me very often since I have so many projects going at once. If I get bored or frustrated with a project, I move on to another one and then go back to it a week or two later. The exception to this is the Gossamer Fractal that I want to get done this year. I put it away about 4 months ago and hope to pick it back up in March and make some good progress. I’ve started over on a couple project but it’s very rare that I give up on any of them.

Border Rug – Progress 17

It’s the end of the month and I haven’t been able to get this done. It’s the never-ending rug. LOL  Here is what’s left to do;

Almost Done

When the band I’m working on is done on Monday, I’ll have less than 3 inches to go. So maybe another week or two to finish.

Here is the whole rug so far:


I’ll post as soon as I have it completed. And no, I won’t be doing instructions for this one. This one is just for me, like the first one was just for my DH. I’m in a hurry to get this done as there are other projects that need that large floor frame upstairs – I’ll be alternating the Peru Rug and the Persian Iris Mandala soon.

D.E.S.I.G.N. Update

For those who want to know more about DESIGN or see what more is happening, here is the update.

Leonore has posted the January report which interviews the Designer of the Month here. Her name is Jody Ellis. At the bottom of the article, there are links to those of us who did a post on our own blogs about a designer we love and want people to know more about.

Read the interview and see Jody Ellis’ tips for cross stitchers.

I’ll have another designer to present to all of you in about two weeks.

Snowman Insert – Finale

I wanted to finish this Friday evening, but ran into problems. I had white and off-white threads all ready to go. I started Basketweaving the snowflakes over the background first. I just didn’t like it at all. I used two threads for the background and trying to do the Basketweave over them either split the threads or moved the nice, straight stitches up and down all over. So I quit while I thought about it and decided how I should proceed. Everything else was all stitched – just needed those snowflakes.

Last night I picked it up again and decided that I would have to make longer stitches and be careful how I handled the bag so I wouldn’t snag them. I used a combination of Double Crosses, Smyrna Crosses and even a Ray stitch. Most on the background section were just white. The ones on the snowman’s face and a few other places along the bottom were done with white and then the off-white (beige) threads. I feel better about how they turned out.

Snowman finale

And this was so easy to finish! Cut out the insert and attach the backing. There were two backings included with the tote so I can buy another insert canvas or design one of my own.

snowman tote

Unzip the pocket where the canvas will be inserted. Peel back the velcro strip that will hold the insert in place. Slide the canvas into the frame. Smooth down the velcro to hold it in place and zip it back up. It only took 10 minutes after I took it off the stretcher bars. Super!

finsihed tote

I used to have three tote bags around my chair where I stitch in the afternoons and evenings. Now I have just this one tote. In the front pocket is the sampler I’m working on. All the instructions and threads are in there and out of sight. The middle, very large pocket, has Father Christmas with instructions and threads – all zipped up until I work on it each Sunday. The back pocket has the canvas for Grieg cat from Dakota Rogers that I will now work on evenings until it is done. LOVE my new tote – and insert.