It’s been 3 weeks of working on this 5 mornings a week. Time to show you some new parts of the design.
The outer border has now reached the middle of the rug (the middle of those last red motifs is the actual center). Things are moving along quickly, though the photo is a little dark.
I’ve been working on the inside of the medallion a little each day, filling one little area at a time. I end each morning with at least one long length of the variegated red thread for the background. When this section of the medallion is filled in, I’ll once again turn the canvas and work on one side at a time, working my way down to the smaller, middle part of the medallion. I’m glad it’s moving along so quickly.
Another couple of weeks, and I’ll switch to just 4 days a week and spend Saturday mornings working on the purple heron canvas.
I haven’t been spending a lot of time on this – maybe 1-2 hours a week. But I wanted you to see how the sky is developing and how I started the rigging.
I’m using 4 overdyes and two solid colors (light blue and white) to stitch the sky. It does take some planning to decide when to change colors and try to have it look fairly realistic. I’m only about a third of the way through the sky.
But it was time to do the start of the rigging. This is going to get really complicated! For each rope, I have to decide which mast it will be attached to, and whether the rope will go to the crossbar, in front of a crossbar or behind each crossbar. I’m going to print out the photo I took of the rigging before I started to stitch and see if I can figure it out. Right now I have 4 ropes on the canvas (each is #8 brown perle). The first two go from near the top of the main mast to the side of the first crossbar. The other two start in the same place, but go behind the first crossbar to other masts. Right now I’ve run the perle under stitches for the crossbar and then followed the line to where it will go next and left the end of the threads hanging on the front of the canvas. This way I can pull the ropes out of the way as I stitch the sky and then pull them taut to keep the thread straight.
While I figure out the rigging, I’ll put the canvas away for a while. Once I have the paper copy marked where the lines need to attach, I’ll get it back out and get back to work.
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.