Another two sections done and the rest of the side borders as well.
One more gold ribbon floss band and one more larger pattern band to do. And then a very quick bottom border. I’m hoping to have it done next week. (And the rug too!)
I love these panels by Laura Perin. They move along so quickly with #5 perle and a little shine with two ribbon flosses.
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
The first part of the Keyhole motif is now complete. It will be repeated at the bottom of the rug.
I can now turn the canvas so the long edge faces me and work on the center section of the rug. You can see the narrow path to the center part of the motif has been started. I need to do the borders for the center rectangle so I can continue to work on the background. I’ll start with the left side in the photo and then turn the rug again and work the right side.
This will be my morning project for 4 days each week. This Saturday I’ll get back to work on the Purple Heron. That bird needs feet so I can finish the bottom of the water and land areas. I also need to get busy on the right side of the bottom border. Never a dull moment here.
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.
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:
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.