A Newly Completed Rya

This design was drawn on the backing with straight lines and circles.  The blendings of color becomes the "ColorPlay" which is the name of the rug.

This design was drawn on the backing with straight lines and circles. The blendings of color becomes the “ColorPlay” which is the name of the rug.

I didn’t mean to “hold out” on you. I actually finished this rug within about two weeks because of my compulsive addiction to keep going. Thanks for your enthusiastic comments on my last posting. Well, here is “ColorPlay” completed. It is going to hang on the wall by the stove pictured, but I love looking at them on the floor. The poinsettia was begging to get into the shot as well.
To add a little electricity to the room.

To add a little electricity to the room.

This is a design that I first drew on paper, then played with watercolor paints to get ideas. As you can see, the finished rug is quite differently colored than my “painting” (See my last posting) but that is how I work. Just go with the flow and don’t plan things out too much.

See what the back of it looks like?  The knots make a nice design on the back as well.

See what the back of it looks like? The knots make a nice design on the back as well.

This rug had 59 rows and 68 knots across the row for a total of 4,012 knots all together. Drawing the design directly on the backing as opposed to reading the design off a graph paper makes knotting so easy. I went pretty fast, making about 150 knots per hour, making ColorPlay a 27-hour adventure in color! It took about 14 skeins of yarn.
Detail of color blendings.  There were about 15 color combinations used in this rug.

Detail of color blendings. There were about 15 color combinations used in this rug.

What else would you like to know about it? I can draw the same design on a backing for you if you’d like. You could use my color scheme or make up your own. Quiz Question: How many circles, or partial circles, did I draw on the backing? I can’t wait to start my next one, but I’m going to finish writing my book first. Making the next rya will be my reward for good behavior.
I have so much exciting news to tell you. It will be in my March newsletter. Did anyone notice that I did not send out a February newsletter? You are very observant. So March will have plenty of good news for you.
Cheers,
Melinda

12 thoughts on “A Newly Completed Rya

  1. Hi Melinda I just love the new wall hanging and the news letter as I am new to rya and not yet started a project just learning as much as i can, cant wait for the book

    • Hi, Sue, Nice to see you following this blog. This will help you get excited about making your first rya. I’m working hard on the book everyday. It just seems to broaden in scope, but all very interesting, at least to me it is. Thanks for the comment. Melinda

    • Thanks, Heli! Glad you like it. A lady just order this rya as a kit in earth tones. I can’t wait to see how that looks all complete. Book writing is coming along, but suddenly has slowed to a crawl. But I’m meeting very nice people everyday as I research it.

  2. 10 circles and two halves 😉

    How do I go about purchasing rya yarn and backings from you? Excited for your book!

    Thanks,
    Claire Yvonne

    • You are the first to answer that question, Claire! You are VERY close, but count again. The two halves are correct, but count the other circles again. You’ll get it for sure.
      I’ll make buying easy soon… I’m working on reorganization every day and soon, your simple request of “how to buy” will be simple to answer. Email me at byrdcallstudio@gmail.com with your email address and I can send you a price list with backing descriptions and yarn descriptions. Also if you look through images of rya rugs on my web site and see any that you really like, I probably am prepared to package most of those designs as kits right now. Can’t wait til book is done, too, so I can get kits ready for people and get classes scheduled for locals (or travelers). Also, please sign up for my blog or my monthly newsletter. I pack a lot of good info into both. Thanks so much for your comment here and on Youtube.
      Melinda

  3. Wow Melinda,

    How absolutely gorgeous. I am dying to be able to make my own Ryas. Do you have a kit selection? Pricing? I’m located in Boulder, CO. How hard is Rya making? I’m not a knitter but am artistic…?

    Anna

    • Hi, Anna,
      I’m just back from a much needed vacation, thus the delay in responding. I don’t even know how to knit (unfortunately), but rya rug making is not depending on being able to knit. It is very easy to learn. You can master the knot in minutes. Now being artistic…there is your huge advantage!!! And the art of rya is endless. Google images of rya rugs, or look on Pinterest to see what others have done. I have special rya graph paper if you want to try designing on paper, or you can adlib or draw on the backing. (See my response to Claire above.) I hope to be able to help you SOON in an easier manner than this. I work by myself since so few people know “the business”. One the logistics are in place I’ll be able to help you better. I do post hemmed backings and yarn selection and needles on etsy.com. My shop is called Byrdcall. Take a look. But feel free to email me and we can communicate if you have an idea of what you are looking for. (You don’t have to buy through etsy…sometimes its easier to get supplies for ryas through direct correspondence with me.) I love Boulder. I used to work in the State Park system at Golden Gate Canyon not too far from you.
      Please sign up for my blog or monthly newsletter to stay informed as thing progress.

  4. I just love your design! I’m still knotting on the big carpet – 1,5 meters x 2 meters. I’m now more than halfway – row 74 of 144…. :-))

    • Hi, Mia,
      Nice to hear from you. Can’t wait to see your rya complete. I’m working on a small one now hopefully to have complete before the Bird Exhibition I described in my newsletter. Happy Spring. Does it feel like spring in Sweden yet?

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