16 days to design the motifs and do a sample stitch of each.
Exactly 5 weeks (35 days) to stitch.
Time just flew on this project and I can’t believe I completed it so quickly. Here is the original rug that I used for inspiration. When you compare the two rugs, you’ll be able to see the motifs I used.
The rug is not as long as I thought it would be (I can stitch but I can’t do numbers?). It’s 15.5 inches tall and 28.5 inches long. In all I used 20 skeins of Silk & Ivory. I actually used a little bit more, but had to rip out a couple areas when things didn’t go according to plan.
On my screen the colors look very accurate. I put it on the landing of the staircase, went up one step, and leaned over to get a bird’s-eye view.
This came together so quickly for me. When I study a rug (or other piece of art), I pick out motifs that I like and might work together and ideas and stitches just pop into my head. Like the Rhodes zigzag (the first of the zigzag in this rug). When I saw the little squares in the middle, I knew I had to use the Rhodes stitch. Creating the little Comb motif around them took a little longer. The same little triangles appeared in many places, but I wanted a different combination of stitches each time I had to fill in a triangle area. Those came to me quickly, without too much thinking or trial and error. The hardest motif was the center zigzag. This was repeated twice in the center of the original rug. That’s the only motif where I had to play and try out 3 or 4 different ideas before I was satisfied. I enjoy choosing the colors for a project and it was easy with this project because it had to match our master bedroom.
I’m very pleased with this project and can’t wait to get it framed and hung in the master bedroom. Since my husband “commissioned” this piece, he can’t wait to get it framed as well. He’s thrilled.
Thank you all for coming along on this journey! Now I need to take a few days off from stitching, get the needlepoint room back in order, and decide what’s next in my study of Moroccan art. And I have stitch guides to write too.