What to do next…

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:

  1. 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:

Heron 4B

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:

ASOW canvas

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.

Swans

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?

Ghiradelli-1One 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.

persian-qum-silk-copy

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.

Central Anatolia Rug – Introduction

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.

Keyhole 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.

Stay tuned.

Tree of Life Designing

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.

Afghan rug

Afghan Tree 2

Persian rug

Persian Tree of Life

Bakhtiari rug (I’d love to adapt this one!)

Bakhtiari Tree of Life

India rug

India Tree of Life

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?).

Kurd Tree of Life

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

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

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…

Nain-12

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.

Nain-11

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.

Introducing the Peru Rug

I finally figured out how to do the borders for this rug and decided to jump right in! Here is the inspiration – a modern rug from Peru.

Peru1_2

If you look at it closely, you’ll see that the colors for the borders get lighter as it moves from the center to the outer edge at the right. With that in mind, I bought 5 shades of a family from Pepper Pot Silk and started stitching. The center is darker (Gingersnap) and the next set of diamonds is much lighter (Toasted Almond).

Peru-1

This is only part one of the border. I’ll add a second layer to make the inside of each diamond a smooth line. I’ll just be working on the borders for a while, changing colors as I go. The centers of the diamonds will be a lot of different patterns, some from the original rug and more that are different stitches or combinations that come to mind as I  play with the design. I will be changing the colors for the centers as well. The main color will be turquoise (again) with touches of yellow and a brilliant blue. Should be a lot of fun.

I’m working on this downstairs and it will be about 10″ X 17.” I’m trying hard to get Koshga finished, so this one doesn’t get worked on every day. It probably won’t be back here again for about 2 weeks.