Time to add a border and finish this pillow. More projects wait in the wings.
The border has three parts. The first part is the Gobelin Stitch over 3 threads done in Cappiccino. This gives a nice finished edge to the rectangles.
The second border is something new for me. The small photos I have of these rugs doesn’t give me the best view of some motifs. Making them bigger just causes them to become blurry pixels. So I created this motif to look like what I could see and don’t know how accurate it is. It was created using just long cross stitches over 4 threads. I did the 3 rows of Ginger stitches first. Then the Natural stitches go from the middle of one Ginger cross stitch to the middle of the next one. I like it. The Rhodes Stitch at the corner was done with 3 colors. I like to experiment with this stitch. Maybe just 2 colors would have been enough.
The last step was to go around the pillow one more time in Cappiccino – Gobelin over 4 threads this time. Using the darker color for the inside and outside border sets the border off from the rest of the pillow and also unites the whole pillow.
And finally, the whole pillow which is now complete. It measures just over 9 inches square.