The idea behind freeform Bargello is that you take shapes and fill them with Bargello. The main book on the subject is by Gigs Stevens and was published back in the 70’s. Most freeform Bargello I’ve seen is like the ones in the book, kind of amoeba-like.
I don’t know if that’s the turn-off or if my problem is the overall uncertainty of the technique, but I use it rarely.
Most successfully I have used it for clouds, outlining the shape in Bargello and then filling it. While this is very effective it doesn’t really test the technique.
Now, thanks to this post from The Bargellist, I’m thinking I should try it again.
I love everything about it: the colors, the stitching, and the way the circles interact. I’ll have to try this technique again.