Just over two weeks since the last post and I have made some progress, slowly. I’ve also put the canvas on longer stretcher bars so I can turn the canvas and work along one side at a time.
The first two (of 10) pineapples are done and the first of the smaller motifs between them is completed as well. You can see the outline of two more of the smaller motifs and the start of another pineapple now as well. I’ll work along this lower side now, doing the border as well as the other motifs. And, of course, I’ll continue to work the background as I go. There is a lot of it until I get to the center of the rug.
The centers of the crosses in the pineapple don’t show up well in the photo or when you see it in person. I really don’t want to tear out the centers and try another color, so I think I’ll leave them as they are. There isn’t much difference between the blue and burgundy in the middle right now and the next shade anyway.
Doing all basketweave is slower than other stitches, especially when you have to go around all those tiny motifs. But I find this type of rug relaxing, taking my time and in no hurry to get it done. It will be back here in another 2-3 weeks – about 5 hours of stitching each week.
It’s exciting when a new rug is moving along well. I tend to work on it more and other things get pushed aside though.
The second corner is now done and I’ve started on the first motif – a pineapple- in the center area. There will be 10 of these pineapples around the center area of the rug when it’s all done. The tiny motif next to it will be repeated many times as well. As I complete motifs, I will fill in the background with Cream color from Pepper Pot Silk. That will give me some relief from all the busy motifs.
I’m finding the Pepper Pot Silk very easy to work with and I’m enjoying the stitching a lot. I’ll probably put the rug on the larger stretcher bars in another week, so I will only be able to stitch on it while I’m upstairs in the morning. The outer border will go faster when I’m able to turn the canvas so I can work on the border from left to right.
None of my other rugs have taken this long to complete – 11 months, 7 days. I started with 3 morning a week and then changed to 5 mornings a week the end of October, trying to get the rug completed by the end of the year. I was starting to think I would never get it done. But here it is – all stitched up!
The final size is 20″ wide by 34″ long on 13 ct. canvas. I’m glad it’s completed and I really like how it turned out. I didn’t keep an exact count of the number of skeins of Silk & Ivory I used (since I was using partial skeins left over from other projects as well as full skeins), but it’s about 35 skeins total.
You won’t find a Moroccan rug exactly like this one anywhere. I used patterns for borders that I liked and created my design using cross stitch software. As I stitched on the rug, I had to decide what stitches to use for each of the bands. This has lots of specialty stitches and caused quite a few problems along the way. But this rug is just for me, so mistakes and problems along the way don’t need to be mentioned. I’m sure I’ll never do another rug with a large X in the middle of a motif though. That motif was the most difficult.
The large frame upstairs will now be used for the mandala (which has been waiting patiently for its turn) and the Peru Rug which doesn’t seem to want to be finished. I’ll whip him into shape over the next few months. And I have the Persian Nain Rug started and I work on that one only on Saturdays (for right now).
As usual, I have too many projects going at once and my mind is in one of those “Let’s design a few more projects” mood as well. One new cross stitch design completed this last week already. Does anyone have a few extra hours per day that I could have? Or turbo needles? I sure could use them.
Happy stitching everyone.
Couldn’t resist starting this new rug. This is the 13th rug I’ve designed. This one is on 18 count canvas and is being Basketweaved with Pepper Pot Silk. Since I have two other rugs still being worked on, this one will only get attention on Saturdays. By next month, I’ll be able to do more work on it. I hope to have the Border Rug done by then (wishful thinking perhaps).
I’ve already shown you the Persian Nain Rug that I found online, but here is another quick look at it.
I’ve only gotten the threads inventoried and opened one skein of each color. You can see that I didn’t get far with the actual stitching. But I’ve started the outer border. The little square will only appear in the four corners. The other two motifs will be repeated around the outside edge.
As usual, I’ll be simplifying the design. The background won’t be as full of motifs, so more of the cream background.
Life has gotten in the way for the last week or so, but I’ve finally got the center of this rug completed. It’s just about 5 inches deep – 64 threads. The inside of the large diamonds were filled in with all the colors of the rug using Smyrna Crosses. The red background is the lightest of the 4 burgundy shades I’m using for this rug. The stitch is Milanese. All the Milanese stitches slant away from the center. I’m glad to be past the halfway mark at long last!
I won’t show this rug very often now, since there will be nothing new to show you. Just an occasional post when I have two or more of the bands done. There are 6 bands I need to repeat on the top half of the rug, plus the outer border all the way around. It’s still going to take some time to finish. This is the slowest rug I’ve ever stitched, but since it’s just for me it isn’t a problem. Here is the whole rug so far:
I have my Ott lamp close to the rug so the colors will show up well. It seems it was too close to the top part of the rug and the red in the center looks much lighter than is really is. The photo of just the center band is a better color representation of this Bordeaux color from Silk & Ivory.
I’m back to working on this a couple mornings a week now and making progress. I finished Band 5 and I’ve just started Band 6.
I’ll finish the light green diamonds across the middle and then turn the rug around to work on the other side. Once I have this much stitched, I can start the next steps. There will be more outlines before I actually stitch the fill-in stitches for the triangles along the edges and the diamonds themselves. I also need to work on the outer border on the other side.
Here is the whole rug so far.
When Band 6 is completed, it will be time to stitch the very large band for the center of the rug. Can’t wait for that one – it’s going to be very colorful!
I’ve been working on the outline diamonds for this rug upstairs so I could get it completed a little faster. All 124 diamonds are now done and all the Sprat’s Heads are completed as well. Love those little half Sprat’s Heads at the four corners!
As you can see, the diamonds got lighter and lighter as I worked toward the outer edges. I used five different shades from one color family of Pepper Pot silk. Now that the diamonds are done, it’s time to play with stitches I will use to fill in those 124 diamonds. Below is my practice stitch canvas. It’s long and narrow and as I try out various stitches, I can move the canvas up a little at a time until it’s completely filled. I’m keeping track of the stitch names on a sheet of paper so I can tell you the names as I work on the rug. The practice stitch canvas is being stitched with a handful of floss and will NOT be the colors that I’m using for the actual rug. (I’m trying to use up my stash of Anchor floss.)
I have a list of about 40 stitches I’m going to try out before I start on the actual rug. I’ll be busy over the next week trying them out. Then I’ll start on the rug itself. Let the fun begin!