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).
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.