I’ve been a little under the weather this past week with a cold, but I’m still thinking ahead. It’s about time to start the next rug, so I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and planning. I showed you a photo of an antique rug last month that is my inspiration for the new rug. But all the photos have been put away and I’m designing the rug on my own. The first thing I did was think about the layout of the rug. The antique rug has lots of triangles, but I’m doing something different. This might be a little light, but you should be able to get a rough idea of what I’ll be doing.
I’ll be stitching three borders around the rug. The X and Diamonds at each end just mark the place where I will be putting large motifs. The center is an elongated octagon with a border around it. So I have lots of work to do. I have four borders to play with and 3 large motifs to plan.
Then I needed to decide the colors to use for the project. I knew I wanted dark blue and lots of red. This type of rug is more like the traditional Turkish, Persian, and Oriental rugs. In Morocco, they are called Rabati rugs – rugs from the capital of Rabat.
I decided my main colors quite easily, but needed some other colors to provide contrast in the borders and the motifs. I have three picked out, but have three more in the wings if I need them. Here’s the palette:
Classic Navy – the color for the center background
Midnight – used in borders and maybe motifs
Merlot – the edges of the borders
Cabernet – borders and motifs
Burgundy – the main red color which will be used as often as possible
Bordeaux – borders and motifs
Claret – borders and motifs
Dijon – borders and motifs
Paprika – borders and motifs
Curry – borders and motifs (finally gives me the gold color I really wanted but couldn’t find the right shade – thanks Anne!)
Now to practice stitch and get more details decided. I hope to be able to start work on this rug December 1st.