I'm hoping to use the rug in the Equestrian Spa kit I have. In order to determine the size needed, I measured the floor panel from the kit and it order to it to fit I had to use 40 count cloth. I had a small piece of 40 count silk, but unfortunately it was too small. So during my recent road trip I found a needlepoint shop in Las Vegas and dropped by. The only 40 count cloth they had in stock was linen, and even though I was hoping for evenweave of silk, I decided to buy the linen. It has been challenging because of the inconsistency of the weave, and after a few false starts, and finding the best needles and frame to use, I decided to start the project in one corner, and work across in a straight line. The pattern is so large and the thread count so small that I've found working in a straight line is causing fewer missed count stitches.
This is my work after 10 hours (including fixing errors and restarting). At this rate, I am expecting to complete the rug in about 5 years! It has over 100,000 stitches and so far I've completed about 1500!
I did iron the cloth first, but linen is so difficult to press and even with the frame, the camera shot still shows a wrinkle. Interestingly looking at it without the camera, the wrinkle is not visible.
I started my first rug about 30 years ago, and had no limitation with seeing what I was doing even with the 28 count I started with. Thirty years later and 12 count smaller, I found that no degree of magnification is helping. The best thing I can do to see this clearly is to remove my contacts and just use my normal vision, with no glasses, albeit at about 8" from my eyes. Time is so cruel to our vision isn't it?
I'm excited for next weekend. Lisa and I are planning another mini get-to-gether, this time at my house. So I will have lots to share after that.
Again thank you to everyone for reading my blog and sending feedback, it is so appreciated.
Until the next time...