It’s been 3 weeks of working on this 5 mornings a week. Time to show you some new parts of the design.
The outer border has now reached the middle of the rug (the middle of those last red motifs is the actual center). Things are moving along quickly, though the photo is a little dark.
I’ve been working on the inside of the medallion a little each day, filling one little area at a time. I end each morning with at least one long length of the variegated red thread for the background. When this section of the medallion is filled in, I’ll once again turn the canvas and work on one side at a time, working my way down to the smaller, middle part of the medallion. I’m glad it’s moving along so quickly.
Another couple of weeks, and I’ll switch to just 4 days a week and spend Saturday mornings working on the purple heron canvas.
Since I’m on a Mac, I don’t have StitchWiz anymore. (I know you can run a virtual Windows machine, but it’s such a hassle). So I use a cross stitch software program – MacStitch. For my rugs that are Basketweave, this works well. But when you want to do more advanced stitches, it can cause problems.
I started working on a new design – creatively called the Blue/Green pillow. It’s based on a Moroccan tile that is used for walls.
I didn’t like the border, so I’ll do something different. But the center is a nice, simple repeat. I decided to make the squares 8 stitches square, and the “wings” 8 threads long. Simple, right? No. This is why I do practice stitching on all my designs.
The two light blue squares on the top are 8 stitches across and down. Across the top and bottom, there are 8 holes, but on the left and right there are 9 holes because you come up in the first hole and then do your stitches across 8 threads. The wings won’t match up and you don’t get the nice diamond in the middle. The square on the bottom is 8 threads across the top and bottom and 7 threads on the left and right – the only way to get the wings to share holes at the corners and create and diamond properly. I have the whole chart done for this and should have done the practice stitching first! But I now have the proper number of stitches for the design in the middle of the pillow.
The next problem is deciding which stitch to use for the outer border. Above is the Herringbone stitch, which I don’t like now that I’ve done a sample. I’ll play with some other stitches and see what I can come up with.
Reasons why I practice stitch –
- To make sure the design works the way I have it charted or envisioned it
- To try out stitches to find out what works/looks best
- To make sure the colors I’ve selected will work together
- To get an idea of how much thread it takes to stitch the design
- To play and have fun with a new design – that’s really what it’s all about
With the mandala completed, it’s time to spend time on my new rug. I’ve been working on the right side and turned the rug to make it easier.
I’ve completed the outline of the keyhole piece at the top of the rug and filled in some more of the variegated background. I can’t do any more right now because I need to complete more of the keyhole outline first. The outer border is now half done on this side. The middle of the rug is the middle of the bright red motif on the right.
I’ll turn it to the left now and work on the two borders – and the background as well. I also hope to start working on the keyhole medallion itself before I show it to you again. I’m working on this 4 mornings a week right now so progress is good each week. This will be back in 3 weeks or so.
Update: I forgot to include the photo of the whole rug so far:
After being without internet or TV for a day and a half, I can finally write this post and get it up on WordPress.
Persian Iris Mandala – I’m working on the 3rd corner now and hope to have all the stitching done by early next week. Then I need to do the rest of the beads and crystals. I have about half of that done already, so hopefully it will only take another couple of days. I want to have this finished completely by the end of the month. I’ll post the final photos then.
Here’s the first corner, for those who don’t normally follow by blog.
And here it is today. I actually got more done this morning since I couldn’t post anything. Now working on this 5 days a week to get it done this month.
Gentle Elephant – Finished pages 2-4 (elephant only, no background). I’ll start with the last page now and do the legs of the mother and then the baby. This is over half done now since the bottom sections have about 20 fewer rows. Onward….
Old Fashioned Ornaments – I finished the turquoise one and am almost finished with the purple one. I still have pink to do and then one for myself in red. These are about 2.5″ on 40 ct. linen.
Patchwork Serenity Sampler – Page one is complete
So on to Page 2 – though I may take a break from this one in August and start on the last stocking I need for this year.
It’s only been about 10 days since I showed the first progress, but I wanted you to see the start of the medallion and that beautiful variegated red thread from Pepper Pot Silk.
It’s easy for me to spend up to two hours on this the two mornings I have available for it. It’s so much fun and is moving along nicely. I just had to see how the border for the medallion would look, so that is what I worked on yesterday. And the Milanese stitch for the variegated background really stitches up fast. Everything inside the border was done in just an hour and a half!
I’m going to turn the canvas now and work along the right side – adding more motifs on the border, outlining the medallion, and filling in the background as I go. This will be back around the first of August. I hope to have a lot done by then. It’s only 11.5″ across the narrow end and 19″ along the sides. I’m going to try to get to the middle of the right side by the end of the month. We’ll see how things go.
WOW! 4 posts in one week! Next week, it’s back to the regular schedule of stitching and making more progress.
I fell in love with the Keyhole medallion and had to create a rug where I could display it. I had several borders to choose from that were from the same area of Anatolia – just East of Ankara, Turkey. I’m only using 9 colors – 2 shades of olive, 2 shades of gold, 2 shades of red, white, black, and the overdyed red – all from Pepper Pot Silk.
I choose this one, but you’ll notice that it doesn’t show a corner. And I couldn’t find this border in a rug either. So I needed to create one myself. In the practice stitching that I showed you before, I used black to divide the corner square and for the two Scotch stitches in the corner as well. When I started stitching, I decided that it was difficult to distinguish between the dark olive and the black. I changed the black in the corner for the dark red.
I’ve only spent about 6-7 hours on this so far and this is how far I’ve gotten. On the right side, I’ll finish the red motif and then do the corner on that side. It’s only going to be 11.5″ across the narrow end – only 4 repeats of the larger motif. Eventually, it should be about 19″ tall. Once I have a couple of motifs up each side, I can start on the Keyhole medallion and the background around it. I hope to have some of that to show you next time.
Until the mandala is finished, this is worked on Friday and Saturday mornings only, for 1-2 hours each day.
Not happy with the finish of the Fall Quilt, I went back to the software to create larger leaves to see if the design would look better. Building the original version around a 6 stitch square was too small, so I tried a 12 stitch square and that was too big. So here is the quilt with a 10 stitch square as the basis of the leaf.
I had to increase the size of the green center and the apples as well. I think this will be much better. I’ll stitch one larger leaf and take photos of the steps. Then we’ll see if I can “create” a new photo with the larger leaves. This could prove interesting.
There isn’t any way to show overdyed threads, so I alternate 3-4 colors just to give the idea of the finished piece. What do you think?