Judy Harper is a very good friend – and when she points out an error, I trust her. She said I had a couple errors in the knots on this Anatolia piece. I couldn’t stand the thought of tearing out sections and restitching them, so I put the piece away for a couple weeks. Then I started feeling guilty. I wanted to finish the piece and that meant fixing the errors.
So I got out the original photo and the two knots I charted on graph paper to start this project. I went over each knot carefully – 3 over and under intersections for each of the 8 knots. I found the ones that Judy mentioned – and several others as well. I tied a piece of bright colored floss around each intersection that would need fixing. One at a time, I got them all fixed over a period of several days, alternating between correcting a knot and stitching rust background. Now I know the knots are all correct and the rust background is finally finished as well.
Now I’m stitching the outer background, which is being done in the dark olive used in the center design. I’ve tried several different ideas for filling in the spaces within the knots over the last few weeks as well. I don’t want any special stitches that would detract from the beautiful thread used to stitch the knots, so Rhodes stitch, etc. are out. So I’ve decided to stitch those areas in basketweave as well. The 2 closest areas to the center will be rust to match the inside background and the outer one will be olive to match the outer background. Keeping it simple. I’ll post about this project again when all that is completed.
I’m also playing with borders so I will have that decided by the time the rest of the background is done.