Tree Ring Rug - completed

by brae  

I've finished stitching the Tree Ring rug, just in time!    I stitched this rug in 77 hours over the course of 61 days.  Yeow.

The inner ring portion ended up 4.25" in diameter, a full inch smaller than I had originally planned.  As the rug grew larger, I tested out the sizes and was able to save myself a lot of stitching time.  Toward the end, making one full circle of French knots took over an hour and added a mere 1/32" in diameter.  After finishing, the diameter ended up at roughly 4 5/16".

There are 37 rings to the rug, and each of those rings is made from 1-4 rows of light tan (DMC 422) and 1 row of brown (DMC 167).  The outer edge bark is the same brown from the ring portion with a border edge in a slightly darker brown (DMC 869).

To finish the edge, I added a thin line of Fray Check around the perimeter.  I then snipped up to the stitching and turned the pieces to the back.

Once done, I trimmed the loose pieces.

I added a circle of muslin to cover the back using Heat -n Bond (full process here).

Because of the uneven edge, some of the fabric showed.  I used a brown Sharpie to color in the slight underneath edge.  You do have to be careful with this method and use a light touch, but it works well.

Though mine differs from the original rug by YLdesign called the Woody Wood Rug, I think I've captured the essence.  And, I love the texture.  :D

Back to the work list...


Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Well done!! That was some mighty fast stitching, and it looks great!
12/12/15 @ 11:06
Comment from: Deb [Visitor]  
It's absolutely exquisite.
12/12/15 @ 11:28
Comment from: Beth [Visitor]
This is a good example of something that takes a lot of time and patience, but it's soooo worth it. I think I'm going to try this except maybe just a twig instead of a big trunk! Thanks for sharing and good luck in the contest.
12/12/15 @ 11:38
Comment from: Kat [Visitor]
It's beautiful! Awesome job
12/12/15 @ 12:49
Comment from: Karin [Visitor]
Impressive, just like all your work! Good luck!
12/12/15 @ 12:49
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
It's absolutely gorgeous. Stunning.
12/12/15 @ 12:56
Comment from: April [Visitor]
I love that you account for your time, it really show just how much effort these things take and how great results are not achieved overnight.
12/12/15 @ 13:34
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]
Looks amazing. Love the uneven bark edge! It worked out so well. Congratulations on a fabulous project completed. Insane amount of time! Well worth your efforts Brae.
12/12/15 @ 14:07
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
It's wonderful! Interesting how you finish it...thanks for sharing. Go, go, go!
12/12/15 @ 14:09
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
WOW! Brae, you are unbelievable! The patience and Persistence required to make something like this rug is ..... just extraordinary! I am in awe!!! Wow!!!
12/12/15 @ 15:45
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
It's absolutely stunning! And I'm so glad you finished it on time. It's amazing to me, how much time and care you take with all aspects of your projects. Awe inspiring, in the best possible way.
12/12/15 @ 17:33
Comment from: Mary Lynne [Visitor]
I can only say you must have the patience of Job! It looks wonderful but I simply can't imagine sticking with such a project. Way to go!!!
12/12/15 @ 18:00
Comment from: Nancy Enge [Visitor]
Love it, Brae! I’m looking forward to getting back to stitching *next year* Glad I’m not the only one still with a work list :)
12/12/15 @ 19:00
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
A work of art. Simply beautiful.
12/12/15 @ 20:28
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]
The rug looks amazing. I think I would have taken the lazy option and sliced a thin bit of log :0P I can't wait to see both of your builds. They will no doubt be stunning!
12/13/15 @ 02:28
Comment from: Monique [Visitor]
great rug Brae, great to see it finished! And smart to solve that showing fabric, what a difference a little extra brown makes right?
12/13/15 @ 03:45
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
It's perfect, Brae, and I love the colour!
12/13/15 @ 06:56
Comment from: Claudia [Visitor]
Brilliant - such painstaking, detailed work, Brae! It looks beautiful. xo Claudia
12/13/15 @ 07:04
Comment from: Janice [Visitor]
Marvellous dedication as usual. It looks so authentic. Wonderful.
12/13/15 @ 14:00
Comment from: Jeannette T [Visitor]
I love it! You always do amazing work. You inspire me so much!
12/16/15 @ 15:02
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much, everyone! :D
12/22/15 @ 16:27

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