I have been exploring different types of patterns for ribbons for my Holiday bellpulls. I wanted to explore both the pattern and color options for creating the pattern. I first used a pattern that looked like a twisted ribbon from Toni McKelley’s Florentine Fancywork.
The threads I used were:
- DMC #8 Perle – 319, 368, 815, 498, 321
- Caron Wildflowers – 025 (Holiday)
The picture on the left is where I just used the DMC Perle – so just solid colors. The picture on the right is where I alternated between the Perle and the Wildflowers overdye.
The next ribbon type pattern I explored was a wavy one from Loretta Spears’ Florentine Fantasy. For this one I used the following threads:
- DMC #8 Perle – 890, 368, 367, 321
- Wildflowers – 025 (Holiday)
I am still trying to decide if I want to add the remaining three rows in the original pattern – they will be three reds (815, 498, 321). If I add them – still trying to decide if I will add them above the three greens or below the overdye section. In other words, deciding between having the overdye on the bottom or having the overdye in the center.
Then I decided to try a 4-way motif in the design. For this one I used the following threads:
- DMC #8 Perle – 367, 368, 815, 498, 321
- Wildflowers – 065 (Emerald)
- Rainbow Gallery Hi-lights – H629
- Kreinik #4 Braid – 202HL
Next I will be exploring some motifs that I can use to represent snowflakes and Christmas ball-shaped ornaments (or fillers for the “O” in words like JOY).
I hope you will join me as I continue on my journey. Please ask questions, share experiences – I will also take any suggestions on patterns, types of Bargello motifs, color schemes or thread types that you would like to see explored. I hope you have fun with me on this journey!