New beginnings - Prairie Rug II - 7.5 hours

by brae  

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a nice celebration and feel a sense of renewal.  :]

It seems appropriate for a new year to start with a new beginning...of the Prairie Rug II.  As you may recall, the first Prairie Rug ran into a major problem with dye lot mismatching.

Sullivans sent me a dozen replacement skeins, but they were more grey in color so I'm saving those for a future project.  I bought nine skeins of DMC 522 all of the same dye lot, so I hope this means the issue will not repeat itself.

I used the original pattern I had made with Aunt Martha's Tracing Paper and a Sulky Iron-On transfer pen in black.  You can obtain a few transfers from the same pattern.

I chose a slightly darker purple-red and have made the brown DMC 3371 outlines thicker.  One nice thing about starting over is being able to change things you were unhappy with in the first run.  I'm also going to work in matching areas just in case I do run into matching problems.  This way opposite blocks will match one another and any variations will seem planned.

Punchneedle goes relatively quickly, so this is 7.5 hours of work.  The border is done as well as most of the interior details.  After that, it will be all green, green, green.


Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
I think I probably would have been too disillusioned to start over again but it is a lovely design and will look wonderful when it is finished. As you say you have a chance to change things to your liking so this rug will probably turn out even better than the first one would have. There is always a bright side! I look forward to watching the progress of Prairie Rug II.
01/02/14 @ 00:29
Comment from: Susan Korman [Visitor]  
Hi Brae! Happy New Year to you! I can't wait to see what 2014 brings for you and as always love following your blogs. That was really too bad about the die lots and the grey green really did not look nice at all. Hopefully, you can find a good use for them where they will look good. Hope Christmas was good for you! Susan
01/02/14 @ 00:39
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
Happy New Year Brae, good luck with your second try, I am sure it will all work out right this time!
01/02/14 @ 08:09
Comment from: Abbe PB [Visitor]
It is such a lovely pattern, and it's the project that inspired me to start punchneedle as well! I hope this goes smoothly for you. They say "third time's the charm" but let's pray you don't have to get to that point in the first place...
01/02/14 @ 09:40
Comment from: Lisa [Visitor]  
Happy New Year! I have enjoyed following your blog & all of your fantastic tips & tutorials. Looking forward to seeing more in 2014! Lisa
01/02/14 @ 10:14
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Happy New Year, Brae! The best of everything for the coming year. I look forward to seeing what projects you will be working on this coming year! Too bad about the rug!
01/02/14 @ 18:57
Comment from: Katie Arthur [Visitor]  
Oh Brae! Happy New Year to you too! I have been waiting and watching to see the finished rug! You are such a brave woman and do so much more than I will ever be able to do ....but I would never be able to start the same rug over! God love ya and best wishes for a new rug. Katie Arthur
01/05/14 @ 03:54
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :D I just had to give myself some distance from the project before starting over. I will use the old unfinished rug to try some techniques without worry of ruining a final piece. :yes: Always the bright side!
01/07/14 @ 10:27

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