Today’s Happiness

I went to Come to the Point in San Raphael yesterday to pick up the Congress Cloth and some Splendor for my new rug. So here is my happiness:

A blank canvas and beautiful threads!! The Splendor on the left is what I picked up yesterday from Michelle. The center set is the Splendor I had on hand for the rug and on the right, overdyed threads that will be used for parts of the borders on the design. Then I’ll pull threads for the leaves and flowers as I need them – lots of solid threads and overdyed threads left over from various projects. A chance to use up lots of little odds and ends.

I showed this rug months ago, but it takes me a long time to develop my own adaptation. I worked for several months and then let it sit for a while. Here is the original rug – a Persian Qum.

It still isn’t done – I’ve decided to get to work on it and create the flowers and leaves  as I go. As usual I’m making my version simpler, not as crowded. The border is completely designed. The second level has a rust background and I’ve put in most of the branches and stems. I’ll add flowers after the branches and background have been filled in. (The flowers you see in the design are just place holders, to give me an idea of where to put them.) The center section has a completed vase, but just a hint of stems and flowers. I’ll design the section around the vase when I start working on the vase. The rest will be designed in segments of about 3 inches at a time. The flower at the top is done, but could change.

This is the most complicated rug I’ve decided to adapt, but I really look forward to the challenge.

And to let you know how things go in my crazy mind – I was looking through my folder of Working Projects (design inspiration, designs being developed, designs that have stalled for one reason or another), and another piece caught my eye. One I’ve wanted to do for about 4-5 years but didn’t think I could handle just yet.  But looking at it today, I got some inspiration and wanted to play. I printed out the original, grabbed my graph paper and started sketching some parts, writing in colors to use, even stitches for some of the elements. After an intense hour, I put it all away. But now I have a start on what I want to do with it the next time I want to start a new design. Now it’s back to the originally scheduled project. Here comes the Persian Qum rug! I’m super happy and excited today. Okay, cut fabric, tape edges, put on stretcher bars, ………

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Anatolia Rug – Progress 8

I decided to post one more progress report on this rug before the end of the year.

The middle section of the rug is now complete and I can turn it to work across the bottom of the rug to get it finished.

Anatolia 8

I’ve started the outline part of the keyhole medallion on the left. I’ll be able to alternate between filling in the keyhole and doing the outer border. Once a week I’ll work on the variegated background – it goes fast now that I’ll be working on narrow areas to get it finished. I hope to have it done some time in February.

Anatolia Rug – Progress 6?

I’ve been working away on the center section of the rug, trying to get one side of it done so I can turn it around again. Today as I started to work on the smaller center medallion, this is what I saw.

Anatolia center

Why didn’t I see that it wasn’t centered days ago?!?!?! So I didn’t stitch on it today. I hate the thought of having to rip out all those stitches, including some of the black! By Friday I should be over the hating part and will rip it out and start over.

Here is the whole rug so far:

Anatolia 6

I’ve also come to the conclusion that I can’t sell this pattern. The border is perfect. The outline of the keyhole medallion is perfect. BUT, working with cross stitch software, you can’t show where threads share the same hole. So when it’s time to fill in the medallion, you don’t have enough space for the motifs the way they are shown on the chart. I’ve been putting in the motifs and then just filling in the background for most of the areas. It gets more complicated for some parts though. If it’s frustrating for me at times, how can I expect someone else to figure it out? I will complete the design though. It’s so different from what I’ve designed before and I love it. I’ll just have to put up with its idiosyncrasies.

Hope your stitching day is going better than mine. I think I’ll cross stitch this afternoon.

Fall Quilt – a Redesign

Not happy with the finish of the Fall Quilt, I went back to the software to create larger leaves to see if the design would look better. Building the original version around a 6 stitch square was too small, so I tried a 12 stitch square and that was too big. So here is the quilt with a 10 stitch square as the basis of the leaf.

fall quilt

I had to increase the size of the green center and the apples as well. I think this will be much better. I’ll stitch one larger leaf and take photos of the steps. Then we’ll see if I can “create” a new photo with the larger leaves. This could prove interesting.

There isn’t any way to show overdyed threads, so I alternate 3-4 colors just to give the idea of the finished piece. What do you think?

Introducing the Anatolian Rug

It usually takes me about a month or so to complete a design for one of my rugs. This one just would not leave me alone and it was done in 6 days!! I showed you the medallion in a previous post, but here it is again.

Keyhole Medallion

This will take up the entire middle of the rug and have a red background around it. I didn’t have a rug to adapt this time, just this medallion. So I looked through my rug books to find an Anatolian border that would work with this medallion. I have all the materials ready to go and I’ve done a little practice stitching to make sure the border and the colors will work for me. Here are the colors:

Anatolia Colors

These are all Pepper Pot silks – black, white, two shades of red, two shades of gold, two shades of olive green. The one by itself on the bottom is a variegated red from Pepper Pot silk. And here is my practice stitch piece.

Caucasus sample

It’s a little dark so you can’t really see the dark olive. I’ll try for better lighting next time. Since the medallion has traingles that are perfect for Milanese stitch, I decided to stitch the background around it in Milanese using the variegated red thread. The rows will be longer in the actual rug, so I hope the colors won’t puddle as much. We’ll see.

I’ll be working on this Friday and Saturday mornings until the mandala is done (hopefully by the end of July), then I can spend more time on it. So it will be started this Friday morning. I’m really looking forward to this. And I hadn’t even planned on doing a rug this year!

Fall Quilt – Progress 2

I’ve finished all of the Delectable Mountains border now. So it was time to start working on the center section of the quilt block. I played with acorns for the corners. The first one was not quite in the correct spot, so I moved to the second corner and got it right. (I’ll go back and rip out the first set in the next day or two. The acorns were stitched with 3 plies of floss for the cap and all 6 plies for the bottom of the acorn.

Fall Quilt -2

With a corner done, I could start filling in the background a little, using Ecru DMC #5 perle cotton. I don’t want to do a lot of background until I do some of the middle. I don’t want to rip any of it out.

The center is going to have leaves stitched with ThreadWorx overdyed floss. I found the center the did one stem and started the first leaf last night.

Center-1

I only did the first set of the leaf, using Mosaic stitch. On the top is 4 plies of the floss used as it comes off the skein. On the right side, I reversed two of the plies to blend the colors together more. I’m not sure which one I like more. I’m leaning toward using the floss as it comes. I think it will look a little better than way. What do you think? I’ll work on restitching the first corner acorns this evening while I try to decide (and wait for your comments as well).

 

 

Fall Quilt Introduction

The last month has been a busy one, creatively. I finished the new rug design and I’ll be starting that in about a week. Then two smaller designs insisted that they get onto the computer – each about 10″ square. This is the first one.

The border is being worked with a Watercolors (Fiesta) for the colors for fall. I did cut out most of the turquoise out because I don’t feel it’s a fall color. The quilt pattern for the border is called Delectable Mountains. I did the Watercolors set of mountains and then filled in the opposite direction with a brown perle #5. The outer border and the tiny corner triangles were stitched with #5 perle in a darker brown color. I’m ready to turn the corner on the left tonight.

Fall Quilt 1

I should have the border done in a few more days and will start working on the center design area. I’ll show you my progress in a week or so. This is a fast stitch with easy stitches and almost all #5 perle cotton.