I know the Tunisian Rug isn’t done yet, but I’m already thinking ahead to the next rug. I’ve wanted to do a Chinese rug for a while now, so this week I started reading and researching. I’ve gone through all the rug books and searched online trying to learn about Chinese rugs, styles, and symbols. My mind is set on blue and white and I’ve found that the rugs I’m drawn to are called Peking rugs.
I’m up for a big change and a challenge this time around. So I thought I’d take you along on the whole process I go through as I work toward a new design. The outer border on this is a form of Meander pattern and is found in many Chinese rugs. This one is a little more complicated than most that I’ve seen. That’s an element that I want to use as one of the borders.
I don’t remember seeing a lot of Chinese rugs that have a blue background in the middle, but there are a lot of them. The element that grabbed my attention here was the outer border, again. Each segment of the border has a different, similar design. That might make for an interesting rug to stitch. I also like the center medallion.
I have over 50 motifs and designs on my computer now to look at and think about. I could do the borders with some special stitches to help it move along nicely. Should the center be done in basket weave this time so I could really have a more complex design? Do I want to stay with just blue and white threads or add touches of other colors? What motifs do I want to include and exclude? This is just the beginning – finding out what I love about the designs and selecting motifs and borders that I like – play with those a little and try to put some of them together to make a new design. It will be several months before anything is ready to start for this project, but once a month I’ll post where I am in the process so you can see what I go through.
Then I saw this rug –