This is the inspiration for my first project of the year. I’m not doing a rug, but a design to put on my dining room table (when it is not in use). So colors are the first decision. Here is the color palette.
Lots of Silk & Ivory on the left and right sides of the roll. In the middle is Acorn Woods, a stranded silk from Thread Gatherer. I’m going to do the knot section with brown Silk & Ivory in long stitches and then stitch over it with 6 strands of the stranded silk. I want to try some designs that use other threads along with Silk & Ivory.
I’ve been doing some practice stitching as well – mainly the knot section. Here’s the first version.
The knot works well, but has some problems too. I did all the stitches over 4 threads. The left section of slanted stitches look fatter than the straight stitches. So I’ll need to redo the section on the left, using just 3 threads so they will look similar in thickness. At the bottom I started to work on the center intertwined lines in two colors. On the left of that little section, you see the dark green done over 3 threads and the light, straight stitches done over 4 threads. This looks much better. So I’ll work on the center section while I redo the larger knot section over and make sure it all works correctly so it’s ready to go when the center is done.