Sue Bakker - Birds on a Branch, start and restart

by brae  

I spent some time working on the rug last weekend, and I do love it...but the linen isn't going to work. While I can see the threads with no problem, I'm running into the same issue I had with the silk gauze in that my knots are covering so well, it's hard to keep track of which thread line I am on. To that point, I am already off a thread across in one area of the pattern.

But, all is not lost.  I decided to go the way of the Persian (another poor project I let lapse). I printed the color photo from the pattern onto cotton and will follow the pattern that way. I had to redo the charted pattern anyway to choose new colors and change the border, so that was not a lost effort, either. Some of the areas will likely be simplified working on the cotton, but it will be easier overall since I won't have to follow thread lines. Should go a little faster, too.  :]

Here's the print after rinsing, before ironing and setting in the hoop.

You can see the tiny squares.

This is two hours of work, and I love it already. I'm still referencing the pattern and symbol chart for the colors, but I am not counting the knots. I use the printed areas as a guide and get the general feel of the pattern using the colors I charted. Much easier this way - working on the details and filling in after.

I like seeing the whole design at once, watching the various parts come to life as I complete the knots. As you can see, it doesn't keep the boxy shape as the knots are made over the pattern.

7 comments

Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
I love it! I like the idea of printing it onto cotton too.
07/20/19 @ 15:14
Comment from: Linda ford [Visitor]
OH WOW...want to do that in my 1/6 scale...but my hands are not happy doing it. THIS IS AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS...LOVE YOUR INSPIRATION.
07/20/19 @ 18:41
Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
That looks really gorgeous and so much more organic with the curves of the knots rather than the little squares.
07/20/19 @ 21:08
Comment from: marilyn [Visitor]  
Utterly beautiful and such care and patience needed.
07/21/19 @ 09:43
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
Great idea. It will look great.
07/23/19 @ 09:52
Comment from: betsy rogers [Visitor]
Hi Brae! I am so glad to discover that you are human after all and not a magician who can make a rug using french knots AND counted threads at the same time! LOL! This method will be beautiful and the method will allow you to keep your sanity and your eyesight intact! :) I do love the pattern and the colors too! French knots are challenging enough in themselves... what an accomplishment your knotted rugs are! I really look forward to seeing the progress reports! :):)
07/25/19 @ 00:18
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>

After working on this a bit now, I am glad I switched my approach and will likely use this technique more in the future. :yes:
08/05/19 @ 15:27


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