It’s only been about 10 days since I showed the first progress, but I wanted you to see the start of the medallion and that beautiful variegated red thread from Pepper Pot Silk.
It’s easy for me to spend up to two hours on this the two mornings I have available for it. It’s so much fun and is moving along nicely. I just had to see how the border for the medallion would look, so that is what I worked on yesterday. And the Milanese stitch for the variegated background really stitches up fast. Everything inside the border was done in just an hour and a half!
I’m going to turn the canvas now and work along the right side – adding more motifs on the border, outlining the medallion, and filling in the background as I go. This will be back around the first of August. I hope to have a lot done by then. It’s only 11.5″ across the narrow end and 19″ along the sides. I’m going to try to get to the middle of the right side by the end of the month. We’ll see how things go.
I now have one leaf in the center complete and more of the background is done as well. Here is the first quarter so far:
The leaves are being stitched using Threadworx # 1044 (Chili Peppers). This is one of my favorite overdyes – love fall colors. The stitches used are Mosaic, Diagonal Mosaic, T Stitch, Scotch stitch, and Jacquard. I won’t change it now, but I’m beginning to think the leaves should be a little bigger.
I’ve started the second corner and leaf, so here is the whole piece so far:
I won’t do the actual center until I have the four leaves in place. When the top half is complete, I’ll scroll down to do the other two corners. Let’s see how far I can get by this time next week.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
With just 1-2 hours to work on this each week, progress is slow. I wanted to see how my idea of overdyes of different colors would work for the ground around the purple heron’s feet. I had just started it last time you saw the canvas. It’s about half done now, using the Hungarian stitch for the whole area. The gray/brown thread is Flax n Color. The olive overdye is an Anchor variegated thread. The multi-color one is an old Needle Necessities floss. All of them from my stash.
I think I need to decide how to stitch the feet before I finish the section around the feet.
I also finished the left side of the bottom border. Now to figure out that frog.
I don’t know how much time I’ll have for this after this month. The new rug is scheduled to begin on June 1st. But I’ll find a few hours here and here.
Things are moving along now – after a week of working on the large, white band in the middle. I kept changing threads, then colors, and then stitches until I finally got it to a place where I really liked it! Whew!!
I need to finish the last motif band at the top with various shades of blue. Then I can add the name and the space around it. I hope I can get it done next weekend.
I am using a lot of different threads, hoping to use up some partial skeins and cards of threads from my stash. So far I’m been able to finish off some Neon Rays, a skein of Vineyard silk, Sparkle Rays and lots of cards of threads are now partial skeins too. I’ll finish off several spools of Kreinik as I stitch the area around the name. It’s been challenging and a lot of fun. The bottom 3 bands are from my first rug – Blue Rug. The top 3 bands are from the Medallion Rug. They sure look different here.
I’ve finally started the second of the Moroccan Stockings – this one for my middle son. I’m using copper and various shades of blue for this one.
I’m using Pepper Pot silk, Splendor, Vineyard silk, and lots of metallics (Kreinik, Fyre Werks, Silk Lame, etc.) to add lots of colors and sparkle.
These two bands are from my Blue Rug – the first rug I designed and stitched. But I’m using 18 ct rather than the original 13 ct. I haven’t quite finish the toe area. I was getting tired of Scotch stitches last night and didn’t get it done. I’ll finish that tonight and start on the next band, which is an easy one.
That first band across the widest part of the foot took a long time. I’d forgotten how I had done the white outlines for the Rhodes stitches. Looking back, I’m surprised at how difficult some of the motifs were on that Bllue Rug. I just knew I didn’t want to have to try and chart it out.
I had hoped to have this done this month, but I won’t make it. So I’m aiming for mid-May for a finish.