Border Rug Finale

None of my other rugs have taken this long to complete – 11 months, 7 days. I started with 3 morning a week and then changed to 5 mornings a week the end of October, trying to get the rug completed by the end of the year. I was starting to think I would never get it done. But here it is – all stitched up!


The final size is 20″ wide by 34″ long on 13 ct. canvas. I’m glad it’s completed and I really like how it turned out. I didn’t keep an exact count of the number of skeins of Silk & Ivory I used (since I was using partial skeins left over from other projects as well as full skeins), but it’s about 35 skeins total.

You won’t find a Moroccan rug exactly like this one anywhere. I used patterns for borders that I liked and created my design using cross stitch software. As I stitched on the rug, I had to decide what stitches to use for each of the bands. This has lots of specialty stitches and caused quite a few problems along the way. But this rug is just for me, so mistakes and problems along the way don’t need to be mentioned. I’m sure I’ll never do another rug with a large X in the middle of a motif though. That motif was the most difficult.

The large frame upstairs will now be used for the mandala (which has been waiting patiently for its turn) and the Peru Rug which doesn’t seem to want to be finished. I’ll whip him into shape over the next few months. And I have the Persian Nain Rug started and I work on that one only on Saturdays (for right now).

As usual, I have too many projects going at once and my mind is in one of those “Let’s design a few more projects” mood as well. One new cross stitch design completed this last week already. Does anyone have a few extra hours per day that I could have? Or turbo needles? I sure could use them.

Happy stitching everyone.


16 responses to “Border Rug Finale

  1. It’s beautiful, Jan. I’m glad you finished it! I love how the colors go together, from the vibrancy of the reds to the coolness of the greens.

  2. TA DA!!! Turbo needles? I’ll have to look for those! That is a rug-full-a-love!!! Stitching can always be done, let your new ideas grow and bloom! Hmmm. Although, I think the new ideas do tend to flow as the hands are stitching. Happy happy!

  3. Congratulations Jan, it’s turned out wonderfully. Turbo needles would be good, or a few extra hours; there is just soooo much to do!

  4. This is so beautiful, especially the squares in the middle – great work! I had a look at the link you sent me, but after seeing this all of the other designs pale a bit in comparison. Still, I’m determined to tackle a rug like project – one day, one day, you know the problem 😀

  5. Congrats! It’s always a pleasure to complete a major project like that!
    Now, take a deep breath, start designing, and stitch away on the next one you want to finish!

  6. Just came across your site.
    The rug you just finished is stunning. What kind of frame did you use.? I am working on a large tApestry which measures 30″x48″


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