It’s been 3 weeks and here’s the next photo. I have completed two more motif rows and started a third one.
I’ll finish the motif at the top and then add the last motif row (after I scroll up a little more). That will leave the name to do last. This should be done by the end of the month.
These two stockings are being created for my son and his SO so they will not be for sale. They are definitely unique.
Where in the world do you start on a huge project like this one?
I’ve been staring at this on and off for several weeks. I’ve pulled lots of threads that I can use – solid colors and overdyes. I’ve been thinking about stitches. I finally decided last week that I need to pick an area and just get started on it. I didn’t want to start with the herons themselves first – too large an area. I need to ease into this. So I decided that I should figure out what to do for the green background and the gray borders first.
I didn’t want to use Basketweave for all that green, so I tried out Alicia’s Lace and I think I’ll stay with that. I did the large area on the left so I could set up the pattern and then work outward from there. I’m using 4 strands of Splendor.
Next was the gray border. I’ve tried about 10 different stitches and ripped most of them out. The three showing are Rice stitch going up the left side, couching on the left, and Overlaid Cross stitch on the right. It’s hard to see in the photo, but instead of laying Splendor and then couching it down, I tried dark gray Flair and then couched it with Splendor. It’s interesting and I like it, but I don’t like the unstitched rows above and below the Flair. That left the Overlaid Cross stitch which I really like – decision made.
I’ve done a little of the Basketweave/Tent stitches for the branches and started on the first flower. I’ve never done a flower in Buttonhole stitch before so this was a first try. I didn’t like how it was working out so I pulled the bottom half out and started again.
This is the second try at the flower today. I need to use more plies of Splendor so it will cover better and I still didn’t get all the white covered at the top, left. The center is pale yellow and I think it needs a darker yellow so it will show up better. The center is a French Knot in dark olive Frosty Rays (I like this part!). I’ve done quite a bit of the gray border (with a Rhodes stitch in the corner) and I’m pleased with that.
The mandala is getting a lot of attention in the mornings upstairs, but I’ll try to work on this a little each week. I’m in no hurry on this. I want to play with threads and stitches for the various areas and eventually work on it more. But it’s a start….
I bought two patterns by Gitta from Canada about 2-3 years ago. I completed the first one last year – Koshka.
I decided to start the second pattern, called Tumak as a fill-in project while I work on the colors and stitches for my new Modern Tile design. It should be ready to go in a couple weeks. (The photo is on a slant because the title page is on shiny paper and it was the only way I could get a mostly decent photo.)
Both of these patterns are stitched on Congress Cloth and are about 6.5″ X 9″. I’ve decided to change the colors since I didn’t want the olive green colors and I wanted to use an overdye in the border. So my inspiration for colors was a project I did about 9-10 years ago called From Molehill to Mountain. My version is shown below.
I showed the very beginning of the border on my Needlepoint Projects for 2016 post about 10 days ago. I’ve continue to work on that border and have now added the edges of the border – done in Gobelin stitch over two rather than in Basketweave. You can see how the colors have changed. I’m using the dark green for all of the outlining for the piece. The background is Anchor 926 (DMC 3866), which is a little lighter than the beige Congress Cloth. All the threads are #8 perle cotton.
Today I decided to outline the first motif so I can have a change of pace from stitching the same thing over and over on the outer border. I’m stitching from my stash as much as possible this year and only had to buy the 3 shades of green to stitch this design.
Once I have the Modern Tile ready to stitch, this will be put away for a while. The goal is to stitch only half of it this year, but you never know…
Time for a monthly update on this rug. Still going quite slowly…
Last month, I was here:
Today, I’m here (and I’ve turned it around again):
The side on the top now – a lot of the border has been filled in and I’ve started the outline of the two square motifs.
In the center, I’ve completed the outlining of the medallion. Now I can slowly start to fill in the areas.
The side on the bottom has the second square motif filled in and the pineapple is half done.
This month I’m going to finish filling in the pineapple, start the outline for the other two square motifs (so the two sides match), and then work on the border.
By next month, I want the entire outer border stitched, have some of the medallion filled in, and be working on one of the large corner motifs. I need to pick up the pace if this is going to be done this year.
I have a small tile design waiting for my attention and I’ve started working on a Persian pillow design in jade green and pale golden browns as well. My hands can’t keep up with all the designs floating in my head right now.
Happy stitching everyone!
I can’t believe a whole month has gone by already. The lower, right corner is about done – just a tiny bit of background to finish.
I’m going to continue along the bottom side to complete the outer border. You can see that I’ve outlined the motifs and turned the corner. Over the next month, I want to finish the border along the bottom, start the large corner motif and get one more quarter of the medallion outlined.
I started this in January! It certainly is a slow-moving piece. It’s 13.75 inches tall and will be 19.5 inches long. Feels much larger as I work on it.
I last posted this rug at the end of May and it looked like this:
I’ve turned the rug around so I can work on the other side now. I’ve finished the last two small motifs and the last pineapple motif now. Plus some other things – here it is today:
Half of the outline for the center medallion is now done. And I’ve filled in the center of the medallion to help me keep track as I work my way around the other half of it. I need to add the two larger square motifs on this side, continue the outer border, and add a lot more background. This is a very slow project.
I now need to decide how I want to proceed once the last two motifs on this side are added. Shall I continue moving along to the left until I get to the corner, leaving the medallion until the end? Or shall I fill everything is as I go (the medallion before I get to the corners)? I probably have another month before I need to make the decision – I’m always worried that the motifs and the borders won’t match up correctly at the other end.
Slowly, slowly. A couple more days of background and I’m going to turn the rug around and work on the other side.
The border across the bottom is now complete for the first half of the rug. The center medallion now has one quarter of the outline done. The octagon on the top right is the center of the whole rug. I’ll start filling in some of the areas now so you’ll have something new to look forward to by the end of next month. One more motif and a repeat have been added just before the center though they are not complete yet. So you have seen all the pieces now, but there is a long way to go. At five hours a week, he will get done (hopefully by the end of the summer).