It’s exciting when a new rug is moving along well. I tend to work on it more and other things get pushed aside though.
The second corner is now done and I’ve started on the first motif – a pineapple- in the center area. There will be 10 of these pineapples around the center area of the rug when it’s all done. The tiny motif next to it will be repeated many times as well. As I complete motifs, I will fill in the background with Cream color from Pepper Pot Silk. That will give me some relief from all the busy motifs.
I’m finding the Pepper Pot Silk very easy to work with and I’m enjoying the stitching a lot. I’ll probably put the rug on the larger stretcher bars in another week, so I will only be able to stitch on it while I’m upstairs in the morning. The outer border will go faster when I’m able to turn the canvas so I can work on the border from left to right.
If I could count properly, I’d be farther along on this new design. Sigh.
Like my needlepoint, I like to do adaptations for cross stitch as well. And sometimes things don’t work out like I envision them. This project is one of those. I started with a photo of an Orfeo Jacquard Persian motif from a rug.
I was working with MacStitch, a cross stitch software for Mac, trying to get the feeling for the design and making it simpler, less crowded. The more I worked on it, the less it looked like the rug fragment shown above. But I kept going and it gradually became Hearts & Flowers and looks nothing like the original piece.
I now have two of the four hearts stitched. Miscounting required me to rip out almost two thirds of the second heart. Notice that the two roses are not the same at the top. The two hearts on the top and bottom will be the same and the two on the left and right will be the same when it is completed.
I decided to try out one of the roses to see how it would look before quitting last night. I know most people would start with the darkest color on the outside and get lighter as they stitched toward the center, but I wanted to try the opposite. Our anniversary was last month and DH bought be a bouquet of pale pink roses (my favorite) and lilies. The lilies hadn’t even started to bloom when I got the bouquet. As they started to open, they were pale pink and we assumed that they would match the roses. But when one of them finally popped open, it was brilliant pink with light pink and white along the edges. This was the inspiration for the rose that is now stitched on Hearts & Flowers.
I want to get all four hearts stitched before I go back to the flowers and other small details that are needed to complete the design. I want the hearts done by the end of the month and then can work on the details the first week of April.
I know it hasn’t been a month, but I’ve been working two days a week on this now instead of one. This always happens with a new rug – I get carried away with the new project and ignore several others.
I told you last time that the corners were a very busy area and it would take time to complete. Here is the original rug corner. You can see that I’ve had to eliminate the outer border in order to cut down on the size of the rug. Adapting a full size rug to a needlepoint rug of 14″ x 20″ involves cutting out large parts of the design, but still leaving enough to give the same fell to the adaptation.
I have completed the first corner, so here is my adaptation for comparison.
The main shapes in the corner are approximately the same as the original, but the little details within each area are my own creations. There are lots of details that make for slow going. The center section will be a nice relief, since I will have fewer motifs in the center than the original – lots of nice open areas for Basketweave in the cream color. Here is the rug so far:
I feel like a got a lot done in February, so here is my progress on my cross stitch projects. I did a post on the mandala a few days ago, but I wanted to show you that I finished the last two buildings on this side on Monday so I can turn the piece and start on a new side.
The Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroidery has the final leaf in the corner now. The curved lines show where the circle starts so I know I’m making progress.
On Norfolk Diligence Sampler, I have finished the long line of text, over one thread. Halfway across the line, I noticed that it was not centered because I started over a little too far. To make up for the mistake I change the word “my” to “a” – I ply a thread… I’ve started the backstitch design on the left side. The last two lines of the verse will each be centered between the backstitching on the left and right side. I hope to have all that done this month.
Father Christmas & Cats – I’ve been working on the left side, filling in background and starting the tassel on the left side of the hat. A little more on the face as well.
And I’ve started a new piece called Hearts & Flowers – one of my own designs. I’m stitching it with Splendor Silk on 28 ct. Angel Blush Laguna – over 2.
I’ve got a busy March schedule, so I don’t think I’ll get as much done, but I’m working on it.
Measi always has a question to answer each month – this month was about our Bucket List. Because of all the photos, I did a separate post about that which will be up in a few minutes.
Since I only work on this on Saturdays, the progress is slow. But I finally have enough done to show you today.
This is the narrow end of the rug and it is 13.75″ wide. I’ve started the corner motifs but there is still quite a bit of work to do to fill in the triangle shapes. That’s a busy section. The area outside the triangles will be more open, with some motifs and lots of cream background. Hopefully in another month I’ll have lots to show you.
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.
It’s the end of the month and I haven’t been able to get this done. It’s the never-ending rug. LOL Here is what’s left to do;
When the band I’m working on is done on Monday, I’ll have less than 3 inches to go. So maybe another week or two to finish.
Here is the whole rug so far:
I’ll post as soon as I have it completed. And no, I won’t be doing instructions for this one. This one is just for me, like the first one was just for my DH. I’m in a hurry to get this done as there are other projects that need that large floor frame upstairs – I’ll be alternating the Peru Rug and the Persian Iris Mandala soon.