Persian Nain Rug Finale

Finally!! After a year and two weeks of stitching, this rug is finished. I worked on it each week for 3-5 hours, and 8-10 hours each of the last two weeks. I used 28 skeins of Pepper Pot Silk.

Here is the original rug:

Original Nain-1

And here is my adaptation:

Nain Finale

Persian Nain Rug designed and stitched by Jan (ThreadMedley)

13.75″ X 19.5″ on 18 count canvas (approximately 250 stitches X 350 stitches)

Charted with cross stitch software and can be stitched in needlepoint or cross stitch

I hope to have it up on my Etsy shop the end of next week. I’ll let you know when it’s available.

Needlepoint Goals for 2016

Since I needed to do the cross stitch list for the year for WIPocalypse 2016, I decided to list my needlepoint goals for the year as well. So here is my list – I don’t expect to start the last two pieces on the list, but it never hurts to dream.

  1. First Moroccan stocking – pink and green
  2. Second Moroccan stocking – blue and copper
  3. Deconstructed Log Cabin – finished!
  4. Ghirardelli Square – get at least half done


5. Persian Nain Rug – finish

Nain 14

6. Madagascar rug – finish

Madagascar -2

7. Swans – get at least half done


8. Merry Christmas Kitty by Gay Ann Rogers – start and finish

9. Purple Heron by Melissa Shirley – Start

10. 3D cat piece – start and finish

11. Modern Tile – new design based on the photo below that I want to start and finish this year

Modern tile floor

12. Tumak rug by Gitta – get at least half done (6.5″ X 9″ on Congress cloth)


13. Persian pillow – finish design and start this year

14. Christmas Star – finish design and start this year

15. Zebra Dressed for Winter by CBK – hopefully start

16. Tropical Punch by DebBee Designs – hopefully start

It’s a daunting list, but I’m feeling good and optimistic! My hope is that I get half of them completed and off the list by the end of the year.

The cross stitch list will go up in a week. Happy stitching to all!

Nain Rug – Progress 14

I started this rug January 10, 2015 and it’s still not completed after a whole year. But the center is completed.

Nain Center

I’m still working away on the rest of the piece. More background done, and a few more motifs filled in. It’s getting closer every week. I’m working on this 5 morning a week now until it is done. And I won’t show it again until it is finished. I’m still hoping to finish by the end of the month.

Nain 14

Creating Stockings for 2016

Here’s a new project for me this year – making Christmas stockings for son #2 and his girlfriend. He likes Moroccan things (that’s where he was born) and has a lot of Moroccan cultural things in his home. Since he hasn’t given me any ideas of what he would want on a stocking, I’m creating the two stockings using motifs from my Moroccan rugs.

Heather’s stocking will be stitched in two shades of pink, two shades of Christmas green, with golds accents. I’ll use white Pepper Pot Silk for the background, and try to add some metallics too.

Malik’s stocking will be stitched in shades of blue from the Nain Rug and lots of copper/rust as the second color. Again I’ll use white for the background and lots of shiny and/or metallic threads.

The photos below are from my cross stitch software and are just to help me remember what motifs I want in the different areas. And they are subject to change as I stitch them, like centering the rows a little better or changing some of the colors to keep it balanced. I already know that the large copper section needs to be changed to rust lines and the diamonds stitched in various shades of blue.

They will definitely be very unique and fun for me to stitch. I’m starting early on Christmas things this year and stitching on them all year long, so there is no rush in December to get things finished up and shipped.
heather stocking Malik's Stocking

Persian Nain Rug – Progress 13

Another month has gone by – very quickly I might add. I’m making progress, but I know it will not be completed by the end of the year.


All the motifs are now in place and I’m starting to fill them in. On the lower side I’ve been working on the background, filling in around the pineapples. Now I can work from the middle of the rug across to the left to get it all filled in. I’ve also done some work on the center medallion. I’ll get a little more of that done this week. Next week, I’ll turn it so I can complete the outer border. Just the rust centers and the background to do. Then I can spend the last two weeks of the month on the top side, getting as much filled in as I can.


Persian Nain Rug – Progress 12

It actually looks like I made some progress this time. I added more motifs in the outer border along the right side, started filling in the corner motifs, and added all the outlines of the motifs across the bottom section in the photo. I’ve been working on the background in several areas as well. I just started to fill in the center medallion too. I’ll work a little on that each week as well. I’m getting there…


Monday, I’ll turn the rug so I can work on the top section. I want to outline the last pineapple and the last small flower motif. The two motifs with square corners need to have the circles added so I can continue to work the background around them.

I’m switching back to just 3 mornings a week again. I haven’t worked on the mandala in a month and I need to get back to it.

Persian Nain Rug – Progress 11 and an Anniversary

WordPress informs me that my 7th anniversary for this blog was yesterday! Boy does time fly!! Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog during those 7 years!

I’ve changed my mind about how to complete this rug. I’m in the process of outlining all the various parts and motifs. That way I can work on filling in all that cream background while I’m finishing off the other parts. I didn’t want all that background to be left until the very end. You can see in the photo below that I have the border on the last side started and the two corners are outlined and ready to be filled in. I need to outline the pineapples so I can start the background.


I’ll continue to work on outlines over the next couple of weeks as well as working on completing the border on the last side.

I’m trying to get back to my regular routine of working on this five mornings a week. Today was only the second day this week. Next week should be five days. I’ll start picking up on the afternoon cross stitch projects on Monday and hope to post more often from now on.