I’ve finished all of the Delectable Mountains border now. So it was time to start working on the center section of the quilt block. I played with acorns for the corners. The first one was not quite in the correct spot, so I moved to the second corner and got it right. (I’ll go back and rip out the first set in the next day or two. The acorns were stitched with 3 plies of floss for the cap and all 6 plies for the bottom of the acorn.
With a corner done, I could start filling in the background a little, using Ecru DMC #5 perle cotton. I don’t want to do a lot of background until I do some of the middle. I don’t want to rip any of it out.
The center is going to have leaves stitched with ThreadWorx overdyed floss. I found the center the did one stem and started the first leaf last night.
I only did the first set of the leaf, using Mosaic stitch. On the top is 4 plies of the floss used as it comes off the skein. On the right side, I reversed two of the plies to blend the colors together more. I’m not sure which one I like more. I’m leaning toward using the floss as it comes. I think it will look a little better than way. What do you think? I’ll work on restitching the first corner acorns this evening while I try to decide (and wait for your comments as well).
The last month has been a busy one, creatively. I finished the new rug design and I’ll be starting that in about a week. Then two smaller designs insisted that they get onto the computer – each about 10″ square. This is the first one.
The border is being worked with a Watercolors (Fiesta) for the colors for fall. I did cut out most of the turquoise out because I don’t feel it’s a fall color. The quilt pattern for the border is called Delectable Mountains. I did the Watercolors set of mountains and then filled in the opposite direction with a brown perle #5. The outer border and the tiny corner triangles were stitched with #5 perle in a darker brown color. I’m ready to turn the corner on the left tonight.
I should have the border done in a few more days and will start working on the center design area. I’ll show you my progress in a week or so. This is a fast stitch with easy stitches and almost all #5 perle cotton.
Last night I was working away on the area surrounding Malik’s name on the stocking. And I ran out of thread (just to the right of the letter K)!! I only need a few more yards to finish it up, but here it is right now:
I looked in my stash and in projects that are kitted up, but no more Kreinik of the color and size I needed. So I sent a quick email to Michelle at Come to the Point. She pulled one for me and I’ll pick it up on Wednesday when I visit her shop. She has all the canvas and Pepper Pot Silk I need for my new rug and I had already planned on picking it all up Wed.
I’ll spend my evening stitching around the edges of both stockings this coming week so they are ready to be made into stockings soon.
Things are moving along now – after a week of working on the large, white band in the middle. I kept changing threads, then colors, and then stitches until I finally got it to a place where I really liked it! Whew!!
I need to finish the last motif band at the top with various shades of blue. Then I can add the name and the space around it. I hope I can get it done next weekend.
I am using a lot of different threads, hoping to use up some partial skeins and cards of threads from my stash. So far I’m been able to finish off some Neon Rays, a skein of Vineyard silk, Sparkle Rays and lots of cards of threads are now partial skeins too. I’ll finish off several spools of Kreinik as I stitch the area around the name. It’s been challenging and a lot of fun. The bottom 3 bands are from my first rug – Blue Rug. The top 3 bands are from the Medallion Rug. They sure look different here.
I’ve finally started the second of the Moroccan Stockings – this one for my middle son. I’m using copper and various shades of blue for this one.
I’m using Pepper Pot silk, Splendor, Vineyard silk, and lots of metallics (Kreinik, Fyre Werks, Silk Lame, etc.) to add lots of colors and sparkle.
These two bands are from my Blue Rug – the first rug I designed and stitched. But I’m using 18 ct rather than the original 13 ct. I haven’t quite finish the toe area. I was getting tired of Scotch stitches last night and didn’t get it done. I’ll finish that tonight and start on the next band, which is an easy one.
That first band across the widest part of the foot took a long time. I’d forgotten how I had done the white outlines for the Rhodes stitches. Looking back, I’m surprised at how difficult some of the motifs were on that Bllue Rug. I just knew I didn’t want to have to try and chart it out.
I had hoped to have this done this month, but I won’t make it. So I’m aiming for mid-May for a finish.
In the last post, I told you I was working on two new projects. This is the second one – a rug from Central Anatolia (the area just East of Ankara, Turkey). The center medallion has intrigued me for quite a while now since it is so different from any others I’ve seen. It’s a keyhole (or turret) medallion.
The design is about half done already! It’s just been sailing along. I’ve adapted a border from the same region already and I’ve started on the medallion. The outline for the medallion is done and I’ve started filling it in. As usual, I’m having to cut it down in size and make it a little simpler.
I’ll be using Pepper Pot Silk for this in red, gold, olive green, and black. I’m excited about the background too. I found out that Pepper Pot now has overdyes and I asked Michelle at Come to the Point about them. She didn’t have them, but ordered them to surprise me. (She is so great to work with!) I’ll be getting a skein of each color I want to use today along with the red overdye to use for the background. Since the border for the medallion lends itself so easily to using Milanese stitch, I’ll fill in the entire background in Milanese as well! Getting very excited about this project though I can’t start it just yet – I have stockings to finish first.
This week I haven’t done as much stitching as usual. My mind has been a-buzz with design ideas. One of them sent me searching the Internet and my rug books. How many cultures have rugs with a Tree of Life? I’ve seen many cross stitch projects and quilts with them, but they are all over the world.
Bakhtiari rug (I’d love to adapt this one!)
I’d love to do a whole series of Tree of Life rugs and maybe create one of my own too. But I’ll start with the one below from Bijar – an area in northwest Iran. This area has a large Kurdish population, many of whom are rug makers.
Kurd design – There are flowering bushes, willows and cypress tree. I know I want to stay with the same colors – nice and simple – and make it as a pillow. I’m playing with stitches right now and will start on the design soon. Lots of decisions to make before I get to start stitching ( create a border?).
Look for another post soon about another rug (from Anatolia) that I’ve already started designing and will be practice stitching with new threads that will arrive in a few days. I don’t know which one I’ll actually be stitching first. Now that I’ve gotten these two projects mapped out and started on the computer, hopefully my designing mind will take a rest and let me get back to stitching my current projects that need to be done.
Photos are from the Internet and the book Tribal & Village Rugs by Peter F. Stone