the above photo is not a picture of an antique cat and dog, but is a picture of the finally finished Ticking Horse ~ thank you to everyone for your suggestions to keep things simple! i ended up using an antique tack, like the ones i used on the rocker ends, for the riders eye. the reins are floss. you can visit Ticking Horse on etsy by clicking here, if you’d like.
after Ticking Horse was done, i felt at loose ends… do you ever feel like that? it’s almost a feeling of anxiety when i don’t have the next project ready to go before i finish the first project. so, i sought out my creative friends for fresh ideas…
since lilly is indisposed i turn to my stash of antique rug photos and am inspired by this one…
i love everything about this rug… the way the original artist used lots of rippling around the hissing cat ~ it conveys such energy, and how she made the dog appear so alert. such a simple design, but there is so much emotion expressed in its simplicity.
time to draw up my pattern. to do this i used a paper napkin placed over my computer screen and traced the outlines of the design onto the napkin. then, i taped the napkin to the back of my weavers cloth so that i could see the design from the napkin through the cloth (no easy task as i didn’t use a light box or window) and drew over the lines i could see. here’s the result…
although the above photo looks blue, the weavers cloth i used was my usual white.
now, what colors to punch with? where are ellis and otis, my color coordinators, when i need them?
how about a little color suggestion, ellis? otis?
fortunately, i have a rainbow of Valdani floss to choose from and i’m able to come up with the following:
from left to right, i’m using: 5, jp6, h206, jp5, p8 and p9. i like using Valdani’s 12 perle cotton in a medium Cameo needle on a #1 setting. i usually get my Valdani from Snowflake Memories, click here, or from the Valdani website, click here.
i get started on the cat and dog…
and then work the flowers and background…these antique rug inspired pieces take me a loooong time. i like my finished embroideries to look as close to the original rugs as possible, so there’s a lot of studying of the original and then color placing on the embroidery. i can see that this may be tedious for some people (like quilting is for me), but i find it engrossing and rewarding (like quilting is for people who love quilting!).
whilst i’m punching i think about things. things like my upcoming visit to Ireland with my husband, and things like my family and friends (lilly, ellis and otis)… simple things, quiet things. things to look forward to and things that have been….
until next time, may all your thoughts be pleasant ones!