I thought I’d give you a quick look at the Bargello Sampler with a bit of the three blocks stitched in.
I have used my theme Watercolours in both the horizontal blocks but not in the vertical block. This shows two ways to use a multi-colored thread to create a color scheme.
One way is to use the main colors in the thread and pick one or more of them (along with their shades) to create a scheme. The other is to find those same colors and use only them for the scheme. Here it’s easy because pink & green are so easy to put together.
While I’ve done lots of Bargello most Hungarianpoint patterns I’ve stitched use stitches over 2 threads and 6 threads. In these patterns while all the short stitches are over 2 threads, the long stitches are over 4 (upper horizontal)and 8 (lower horizontal) threads, and several lengths in the vertical area. See how that makes a difference in the scale of the patterns.
I picked some metallics but ended up not using them. I love the look of metallics but they do make a piece louder and more attention-grabbing. I like that these patterns looked so fresh, cool, and pretty while still be quiet and calming. Adding metallics would have changed the mood, so I didn’t.
I used DMC matte cotton in the upper vertical patch. While I love this thread, it’s a pain to ply and being old, this thread shreds terribly. I wish it hadn’t been so perfect here.
You can see that even a small, simple design can be an exciting basis for a sampler. I am probably going to pull out the matte cotton in the upper stripe and replace it with something lighter. Because this green is so similar to the green in the vertical stripe, the piece looks off balance. hanging this color will help.
It’s looking good.
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