I went to Come to the Point in San Raphael yesterday to pick up the Congress Cloth and some Splendor for my new rug. So here is my happiness:
A blank canvas and beautiful threads!! The Splendor on the left is what I picked up yesterday from Michelle. The center set is the Splendor I had on hand for the rug and on the right, overdyed threads that will be used for parts of the borders on the design. Then I’ll pull threads for the leaves and flowers as I need them – lots of solid threads and overdyed threads left over from various projects. A chance to use up lots of little odds and ends.
I showed this rug months ago, but it takes me a long time to develop my own adaptation. I worked for several months and then let it sit for a while. Here is the original rug – a Persian Qum.
It still isn’t done – I’ve decided to get to work on it and create the flowers and leaves as I go. As usual I’m making my version simpler, not as crowded. The border is completely designed. The second level has a rust background and I’ve put in most of the branches and stems. I’ll add flowers after the branches and background have been filled in. (The flowers you see in the design are just place holders, to give me an idea of where to put them.) The center section has a completed vase, but just a hint of stems and flowers. I’ll design the section around the vase when I start working on the vase. The rest will be designed in segments of about 3 inches at a time. The flower at the top is done, but could change.
This is the most complicated rug I’ve decided to adapt, but I really look forward to the challenge.
And to let you know how things go in my crazy mind – I was looking through my folder of Working Projects (design inspiration, designs being developed, designs that have stalled for one reason or another), and another piece caught my eye. One I’ve wanted to do for about 4-5 years but didn’t think I could handle just yet. But looking at it today, I got some inspiration and wanted to play. I printed out the original, grabbed my graph paper and started sketching some parts, writing in colors to use, even stitches for some of the elements. After an intense hour, I put it all away. But now I have a start on what I want to do with it the next time I want to start a new design. Now it’s back to the originally scheduled project. Here comes the Persian Qum rug! I’m super happy and excited today. Okay, cut fabric, tape edges, put on stretcher bars, ………
I showed you my practice stitching for this project here. That was last August!!
It’s based on a Moroccan tile, but I’ve added green and some special stitches to make it more interesting. I finally have started the actual stitching.
The pillow will be about 11 inches square when it’s done. I’ve made it across the first row and will continue to work my way up the design. The light blue center squares are done in Brick stitch. The “wings” are stitched in Slanted Gobelin. All the threads are Pepper Pot Silk.
After I’ve completed a few more rows, I’ll start filling in the diamonds. I won’t do any of the design inside the green border until the rest of the pillow is completed. I hope to be well on my way before the end of the month. I’ll do an update on the project then.
This is my year to relax more and finish some WIPs. So what will I work on now that I’ve finished another rug? Usually, I get to work on another one right away, but I’m doing things a little different this year. I’m not going upstairs to stitch on a large project until next Monday. Taking some time to think about what I want to do. I have 4 needlepoint WIPs that need finishing:
- Purple Heron – I haven’t decided what to do for the background and plants behind the herons, so I’ll probably just work on the floral border for a while. This will be my Friday and Saturday project starting next week. Here’s where it is right now:
2. ASOW tall ship – I need to figure out all the rigging before I can continue with the sky. I’m down to the first cross beam so far:
3. Swans – This is on penelope canvas and I’ve changed the green colors a little, but I would like to get it finished. It’s going in the guest bathroom – someday.
4. Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ash – Love the colors and haven’t touched it in 3 years! Maybe this needs to be worked on next?
One of these will become the Mon-Wed project starting next week.
But while I’m sitting downstairs working on smaller projects, I’m taking some breaks to begin planning on the next rug! I said it would take a long time to design and I’m sure you’ll agree with me. This is a Persian Qum rug.
I saw this on Pinterest and grabbed a copy for my Design Ideas board. I’ve already decided that I will eliminate the large outer border and just do the vase of flowers and the two side panels backed with a rust color. I’ll be stitching it on Congress Cloth to try to keep the overall size smaller – so about 13″ X 17″ maybe. I spent an hour today pulling threads from my stash – solids and overdyes – for color inspiration. Now I’ll play with small borders, lots of flower stitches, etc. and try to create a new wall hanging. You probably won’t my plans for a couple months, but know it’s mulling around in my mind and will slowly find it’s way to the computer.
I wanted to complete this by the middle of this month, so here it is:
18 ct. canvas
11.5″ X 19″
23 skeins of Pepper Pot Silk from Planet Earth Fibers
I love this rug but I have no idea what I’ll do with it. It doesn’t go with anything in my house. But when I design and stitch these rugs, I do my best to keep them close to the original in design and color. I guess I need to set up my stitching room as a rug display room with a rotating schedule of all my rugs.
No idea what I’ll do next. I know the rug I’d like to do next but the design stage is going to take quite a while.
This is coming along. Wish it would go a little faster though.
The final section of the keyhole medallion is now outlined and is being filled in. The outer border has reached the bottom with corner #3 finished.
On my floor frame, the canvas is actually turned up with the finished part on top so it’s easier to work on it. I seem to be moving from the left to the right for getting things done. I’m hoping to have it finished by the middle of next month, if nothing comes along to interfere with my morning stitching time.
We’ve had 20″ of rain in the 3 weeks before this one. So the drought of the last 5-6 years is now over. Many areas are experiencing flooding and trees falling. I live on a small hill so we haven’t had any problems so far. And the electricity only went off once – and that was this week without any rain at all – for a couple hours overnight. My morning coffee was only delayed about a half hour, so not too bad. LOL
I decided to post one more progress report on this rug before the end of the year.
The middle section of the rug is now complete and I can turn it to work across the bottom of the rug to get it finished.
I’ve started the outline part of the keyhole medallion on the left. I’ll be able to alternate between filling in the keyhole and doing the outer border. Once a week I’ll work on the variegated background – it goes fast now that I’ll be working on narrow areas to get it finished. I hope to have it done some time in February.
This is taking much longer than I had planned, but so many things have been happening.
A front door key was mailed to us from a service we no longer use. The envelope arrived with no key in it (but of course the envelope had our address on it). A quick call to a locksmith got the locks rekeyed the same day.
The garage door decided not to go all the way up – but enough that we can get the car out. DH checked online and found out how to unlock it. We raised and lowered it by hand, then locked it again. Most of the time it is now going all the way up. We’ll see if that continues.
Had to have a plumber out because the kitchen sink wasn’t draining sometimes – that got fixed along with two loose handles on a sink and the shower. We need a new garbage disposal – he’ll install that next week.
And so on – we didn’t know that the house would have so many problems at just 10 years of age.
But the paddleboat is making progress. The section on the right with the keel in black is completely done – water and all. I’m working on water in the paddle wheel now. There is still a tiny bit of the boat to stitch on the left side as well.
I’m hoping to have this completed this week.