The Journey Continues – First Explorations with Bargello

Thank you all for joining me in my “Year of Exploration”.  I would like to share my first explorations with Bargello.  There were several areas I wanted to experiment with first:

  • Bargello patterns using overdyed threads – stitched on Perforated Paper and Perforated Canvas
    • First one was a free pattern called “Byzantine” from the Caron Collection website – this is lots of fun to make ornaments with, I have made many over the years.  Caron Watercolours are a great thread for this pattern.
    • Second was several ornaments from Sekas & Co called “Stained Glass Ornaments” – The four shown in the photo were all stitched with the Caron Watercolour called “Nefertiti”

Caron Byzantine Ornament    Ornaments

  • Bargello pattern in combination with specialty stitches – Rhodes stitches and eyelets are great for this.  This was stitched on white Congress Cloth.  Here is a photo of a pattern where I have been experimenting with this.  This was stitched using 3 colors of Perle Cotton (two greens & one red) and a golden Rainbow Gallery Highlights for the Rhodes, Eyelet and Amadeus stitches.

Bargello w Specialty

  • Bargello patterns using the same basic “step” or “motif” with multiple colors – these were stitched on white Congress Cloth:

              Easter Egg     Medallion

As mentioned in my last post, the first “pattern” I chose to do for this area was a free Easter Egg pattern from Rainbow Gallery because I liked the Bargello type effect that had been chosen by the designer.  I used 4 colors of Perle Cotton to complete this pattern.  I used 3 colors of Perle Cotton to create the star-like motif.

The next area I will be exploring with Bargello is making “ribbons” and patterns that give a multidimensional appearance like Pomegranates.

I hope you will join me on this 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!

Karen Anthony

The Beginning of My Journey

Thank you all for joining me in my “Year of Exploration”.  I would like to share what I did to prepare to start my journey.  As I discussed in my last post, the first technique that I want to explore is Bargello.  I took a few evenings and searched through my Bargello books to determine which “patterns” I wanted to explore with this year.  The patterns I chose came from the following books:

  • Bargello Magic by Pauline Fischer
  • Bargello: An Explosion of Color by Margaret Boyles
  • The Margaret Boyles Bargello Workbook
  • Needlepoint Bargello by Dorothy Kaestner
  • Four-Way Bargello by Dorothy Kaestner
  • Bargello: Florentine Canvas Work by Elsa S. Williams
  • Designs for Bargello by Nikki Scheuer
  • Unique Bargello by Jean Hilton

For my exploration, I plan to follow some advice that Mary Shipp gives in her book “Design for Embroidery”, she calls it the one-three-five rule.  It is a rule she uses to balance color, types of threads and stitches.  The premise of her “rule” is to help you balance color, stitches and thread types (both of which influence texture) so that your piece is not “too busy”.  For my exploration my “one” will be number of stitch types – since I am only using the Bargello stitch.  For my “three” and “five” – I will be doing some examples where I minimize the number of colors and use a variety of thread types.  For others, I will minimize the number of thread types and use a variety of colors.

One of the things I want to explore is how use of color changes how certain Bargello patterns or motifs come out.  The other thing I want to explore is how different thread types change or effect how certain Bargello patterns or motifs appear.  Therefore, for some of my postings I will be showing photos of the same motif/pattern done in different color schemes and done using a variety of threads.

The first “pattern” I chose to do was a free Easter Egg pattern from Rainbow Gallery because I liked the Bargello type effect that had been chosen by the designer.  I am using 4 colors of Perle Cotton to complete this pattern.  Look for photos in the next few days of my progress.

I hope you will join me on this journey.  Please ask questions, share experiences – I will also take any suggestions on color schemes or thread types that you would like to see explored.  I hope you have fun with me on this journey!

Karen Anthony

 

 

2015 – The Year of Exploration

Recently I shared with several folks that as a result of our Bargello Challenge GCC and several other projects, I decided that 2015 is the year of exploration for me.  Since our Bargello Challenge GCC was the first driver for this decision, I started going back through my books and websites that I had bookmarked.  As I looked through these and looked as some of my favorite Bargello sites, I was reminded that one site did a “365 days of Bargello”.  As a result, I have made a list of what I want to explore this year related to bargello to support our GCC and several other projects in my UFO pile.

This exploration will include other techniques and lots of new ways to finish my needlework.  The major finishing techniques that I want to really explore are the following:

  • Biscornu – all kinds – especially a 15-sided one
  • Pyramid Ornament – I saw this with one of the petite projects and really liked what I saw
  • 3-D Ornaments – I have done a few of these and really enjoy them so want to explore some other ways to do them
  • 3-D Cube – I have several projects that are “blocks” which I have decided to turn into “cubes”

As a result, I have been asked to share my explorations as our guest blogger.  I hope my explorations will be helpful to some of you and that some of you will join me in my explorations.  Please feel free to ask questions, provide recommendations, share your experiences, etc.

Look for some photos of my first Bargello explorations in the next day or two.  I will try and post something every few days so that you know what I have been exploring.

Karen Anthony