Finally!! After a year and two weeks of stitching, this rug is finished. I worked on it each week for 3-5 hours, and 8-10 hours each of the last two weeks. I used 28 skeins of Pepper Pot Silk.
Here is the original rug:
And here is my adaptation:
Persian Nain Rug designed and stitched by Jan (ThreadMedley)
13.75″ X 19.5″ on 18 count canvas (approximately 250 stitches X 350 stitches)
Charted with cross stitch software and can be stitched in needlepoint or cross stitch
I hope to have it up on my Etsy shop the end of next week. I’ll let you know when it’s available.
My first finish for 2016! This was a fun stitch – quick and easy all the way.
The dark green along the bottom was supposed to be two strands of Vineyard Silk, but I have several cards of Silk & Cream in my stash and decided to use that instead.
Now to decide what to work on next.
The pillows for my granddaughters are finally finished. I was really stressing out waiting for the pillow forms to arrive – over two weeks until they showed up yesterday. I quickly got them put together and put them back in the original plastic for shipping. Forgot to take a photo.
This morning, we had to go out early, so I got up and quickly took them out of the plastic and took a photo. Then we headed out to run errands – first stop was a small packaging store who took all the things I had to mail, boxed them up and we were out of there in about 20 minutes. So much easier than going to the post office at this time of year.
Here are the pillows with the Gardener’s Alphabet initials I did for each of my girls.
Things have been running slowly, so now I’m in a rush to get things into the mail this week.
The Batman ornament I’m not pleased with… The braid doesn’t look good and I should have done it all in one color. It’s also crooked. I tried so hard to get this straight and when it was all done, it’s off. Hope my son is okay with this. Sigh…
The Occupied piece – I like the way it turned out. Since it will be hung on a brown door, I made it a soft finish. It has Tim Tex inside to give it weight and to keep it from folding up when it’s hanging. The back is a brown and gold fabric and it’s hanging from a brown cord. Hope my son loves how it’s finished as well as the humor (I’m pretty sure he’ll get a big chuckle from it.)
Tomorrow I’ll work on finishing the granddaughters’ gifts. I’ll post when they are done.
Liz Morrow (http://www.lizartneedlepoint.com) is getting ready to reissue this pattern that was originally published in Needlepoint News in 1982. She now has permission from Jim Williams to republish them. Rather than doing a rug this time, she is releasing them as individual letters. To that end, a few of us volunteered to pilot stitch the letters to help Liz make sure the charts are correct and instructions are easy for all of you to understand. I asked for 3 of them, the ones for my granddaughters’ names. Below are my three all finished. I haven’t done the background for two of them because I haven’t decided how I want to do that part. I used #5 white perle cotton to do the background of the A in Skip Tent. Now I need to decide on colors and stitches for the other two in the near future. The leaves and the flowers were done in the recommended DMC colors in Tent stitch.
They are about 5″ square and will be up on her website around the end of the month. I really enjoyed choosing the girls’ favorite colors for the letters, selecting stitches for the letter, and stitching them. I bet you’ll enjoy them too.
I finally have a finished piece to show you – seems like forever!
This will be a Christmas present for one of my sons. It goes with the theme of the guest bathroom (really!). I hope he loves it. I’ll be finishing it as a wall hanging so he can hang it on the door. It won’t rattle that way when the door is opened or closed.
The hair was done with Vineyard Silk in straight stitches and then sprinkled with lighter colors for highlights. The feathers were stitched with two shades of teal Flair and the veins were stitched with teal Fyre Werks. The hat was painted with pale blue and lavender highlights but I changed them to grays, which I think look better. The background is a Woven stitch in white Stardust from Brown Paper Packages which has a metallic thread running through it. I’m pleased with the results, sort of. Not thrilled with the feathers on the left (not painted well so I had trouble with it) and the bead centers for the flowers.
So the decision of what to needlepoint next – the Madagascar rug needs to be finished, I have a swan canvas for our guest room to stitch, or maybe a charted design called Deconstructed Log Cabin by Jeff Kulick. Stay tuned.
I woke up this morning with one thought in mind. I forgot to put a ribbon on the rabbit! That’s now done. And I didn’t like the finished piece with nothing behind the legs of the bear. So I spent time this morning getting both of those things done. Now I’m happy with the piece (and still love the tassels!).