I wish you would feel my thrill because I am about to start stitching a new rug. It will be a reproduction of Navajo Burntwater rug, my charting. It measures 5" x 7" and will be stitched on 40 count. I again chose Gloriana over dyed silk thread for this project - just love simple down to the Earth colors and a range of beautiful overdyed shadows. I think, I will give myself 2 months to complete the project and each Sunday I will post an update on my work. Christmas is coming and I have some projects to finish for gifts and exchange.
Navajo Burntwater type of Navajo rugs belongs to so-called Modern period (post WWII) of Navajo rugs. Burntwater rugs use designs that are much like the Two Grey Hills style rugs but are woven using vegetal dyed colors or colors that imitate natural dyes. This style of rug was developed in the late 1960's encouraged by trading post operator Don Jacobs. The weavers used actual natural dyes to achieve the unique colorings of Burntwater rugs. Later, Bruce Burnham encouraged the weavers to use more colors in each rug and to use commercially dyed wool yarn.
Have a look at this WOOOW beautiful collection of contemporary Navajo rugs:
Have a great week!