Once I finished the main stitching on the rug, I turned my attention to the fringe. Here is a closeup of the beginning of the fringe with the Tabby Weave already stitched. I placed the stitches past the edge of the rug by two stitches to leave room for finishing the edge of the rug.
After the fringe is finished on both sides, I take the rug off of the frame and block it. I will discuss blocking in a future post as I have a good picture that will show it well.
Below is a photo of my finished Heather rug. In this photo, you can see the "Abrash" effect very well. It is my first time using an overdyed thread and I am very pleased with the results.
This rug was named after one of my daughters and she loved it when she saw it. She has asked me to make it again life-sized as a hooked rug but I am not sure I will have the patience to hook a rug in this pattern. Only time will tell...
While camping with my husband, I decided to stitch as much of the flower pattern as I could before we joined our in-laws for a week. I felt I could save the background to stitch while I was with the in-laws and not have to concentrate too much. I find I have a hard time sitting still without something to work on and my family has gotten used to seeing me stitching away. I can stitch background and carry on a conversation with ease. My nieces and nephew always look to see what I am working on when we spend time together in the summer.
The strategy paid off as you can see below. I was able to get quite a bit done in the two weeks we were away. Amazing how much one can stitch when they don't have the distraction of housework, etc!
In June of 2019, I began stitching my Heather rug pattern. This one appealed to me because of all of the flowers. I felt it would be a fun challenge to do. You will notice that I don't have the lines penciled in on this gauze. I decided that since I had now stitched a few rugs, I felt confident that I could count my stitches fairly well as long as I don't try to count too far from the last thing stitched.
I have found, after trial and error, that dark colors will show through light colors if they are stitched first. Therefore, with this rug, I stitched all of the pale cream first before I stitched the flowers and leaves of the border. It was a little harder to see where I was in the pattern at first, but I got used to it and was able to do it without too many mistakes.
Above is a photo of the border started.
Once I had the borders completed, I started on the flowers. There were many color changes when doing the flowers, so I often stitched for a while with one color then switched to another when I had to count too far. This way I didn't have too many errors. Occasionally, I had to fix an error, but not often. I had many needles on the go so that I could pick up one when I needed it.
In order to keep things interesting, I worked on the background a bit as well. This way I could see how the pattern was progressing. I chose to use an overdyed floss for my background as I wanted to see how it would look with an "abrash" effect. Unfortunately, the effect doesn't show up much in the picture but looks great in real-life. (Abrash coloration in rugs (pronounced ‘uh-brash’) is the differing color patterns, colorations, and various shades or hues within a rug. It is one of the most common and typical characteristics of a genuine oriental rug, and especially among older or 'nomadic' handmade rugs.) For examples of the "abrash" effect, you can see them here: nazmiyalantiquerugs.com/blog/oriental-rugs-with-abrash-color-variations/
I took this rug on holiday with me and my nieces and nephew had a great time watching me stitch this!
My name is Yvette, and I will be writing this blog to tell you about the creative process that has gone into the creation of my Petitpoint patterns along with showing the stitching I have done of some of the rugs.
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