Terry Dryden has a simply wonderful Bargello Project, Bargello Arrows, I’m longing to do.
Recently she taught this piece and blogged about it. She has a picture of several of the members displaying their stitched and finished pieces. Soon she will be posting pictures of each individual piece.
It’s so fun to see what people do with their needlepoint and how they pick colors and finishing.
Look at the picture. Several of the people picked similar colors but finished them differently. The blue one with the vivd periwinkle backing (in the center) looks so different from the blue with the softer backing at the left. And don’t you just love the one finished into a bag for a plant?
Although I’m seeing more instructions these days which give stitchers options for colors or instructions for choosing your own colors, many stitchers stick with the tried and true and use the colors initially stitched by the designer.
Don’t. Branch out, do your own thing. As you can see, there is so much you can do with color.
It’s also one of the easiest ways you can start to design your own needlepoint. Is the model in orange and you are a yellow person. Maybe change some of the oranges to yellow, especially if there is a family of colors in the design. The piece takes on a new character, one which is your own.