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.
I haven’t been working on this very often. Still trying to get a handle on it. But here it is so far:
Three flowers have been completed and the background, etc. is completed halfway to the frog. Lots of border work is done, because I wanted to start playing with the bottom part of the center.
I using as much as possible from my stash for this project. Looking at the water on the left side, I decided to try out two Bravo overdyes. I cut out the blue on the lighter overdye on the left and will use it for all the lightest areas. The darker sections will be done with the second Bravo, just as it is. I’m using two plies of the thread. The stitch is the Wave Stitch that I saw on Sheena’s Sweet Stitches blog. I started and ripped several times until I finally got the pattern set up. I think it’s going to be great!
The right side will be done with Hungarian (I think). At the bottom, right you can see that I’ve done a small section, using the Flax ‘n Color at the top. The light gray and brown work well with the painted canvas. I’ll continue up the right side with this thread. Most of this section will continue in Hungarian using the Needle Necessities overdye. I’m thinking that I’ll stitch the green at the bottom with similar colored thread, but that may get too complicated – so we’ll see.
I said I wasn’t in a hurry to get this one done, and I only work on it 1-2 hours a week. You probably won’t see it again for a month or two.
In the last post, I told you I was working on two new projects. This is the second one – a rug from Central Anatolia (the area just East of Ankara, Turkey). The center medallion has intrigued me for quite a while now since it is so different from any others I’ve seen. It’s a keyhole (or turret) medallion.
The design is about half done already! It’s just been sailing along. I’ve adapted a border from the same region already and I’ve started on the medallion. The outline for the medallion is done and I’ve started filling it in. As usual, I’m having to cut it down in size and make it a little simpler.
I’ll be using Pepper Pot Silk for this in red, gold, olive green, and black. I’m excited about the background too. I found out that Pepper Pot now has overdyes and I asked Michelle at Come to the Point about them. She didn’t have them, but ordered them to surprise me. (She is so great to work with!) I’ll be getting a skein of each color I want to use today along with the red overdye to use for the background. Since the border for the medallion lends itself so easily to using Milanese stitch, I’ll fill in the entire background in Milanese as well! Getting very excited about this project though I can’t start it just yet – I have stockings to finish first.
I’ve worked hard on this all week and finished it last night! This has been so much fun to work on and it went quickly as well.
It’s stitched on 18 ct. canvas and is about 16″ tall. I used mostly Pepper Pot Silk but used some Sparkle Rays and Neon Rays + in the triangles row, Neon Rays + and Sprinkles for the pink/green borders around the name, and white Sprinkles in the second thread in the Alicia’s Lace background for the name.
I think I need to add another row of white Gobelin over 3 threads at the top to make a better finish. And I need to add several rows of white Basketweave all around it as well. But I still consider it a finish and I’m happy with it! (Waiting to hear from Heather…)
I’ll start the second one in about a week – done in blues and copper.
When I posted the drawings for these stockings, I told you I was using motifs from my Moroccan rugs. That way I wouldn’t have to invent new ones. I could just change colors. I used 3 projects for this stocking – the Teal Rug, the Mini Maroc rug, and the High Atlas Pillow.
I have completed the bottom of the stocking so far. Three bands are completed and I have four more bands to go. Obviously the bands on the upper part will be bigger to fill in the space. Here it is so far:
Almost everything is done with Pepper Pot Silk. The exception is the Rhodes stiches in the middle band. I used metallic ribbon for those. The Scotch stitches took quite a while to complete, but the rest has moved along quickly. I’ll show it again when I have the next 3 bands done – maybe 2-3 weeks.
I have completed the Waffle Stitch section of this piece – all 168 of them. This section used 7 different Watercolors. It has moved along quickly but I’m glad to move on to another section.
I will continue to work on the outside borders. The white is done, since it doesn’t go all the way around the piece. But there are two more rows that need to be completed. And I want to start on the section on the top, right as well.