Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Florentine bargello


I should have been working on something else, but bargello has always been just too difficult for me to resist.
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I feel that I need to blame someone for all this and it is Needlepoint Now magazine, more precisely the January/February 2009 issue. The magazine has just started a series of articles with Liz Morrow about bargello which will last most of the year.
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On Judy Harper's blog Possibilities she shows us some beautiful bargello pieces done by different designers and you can also see some gorgeous bargello pieces on Liz's site and I do mean gorgeous. When I look at them, I just can't decide which one I like the best as they are just all so beautiful in their own right. I wish Liz would sell some of her designs as I would love to buy some, but from what I have heard she does not, at least not now, maybe later :-) If someone hears of the contrary, please let me know :-)
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Anyway, that got me thinking about bargello and looking around for some beautiful designs and I saw this design which is called Florentine Pincushion though since it is a bit on the larger size, I want to make a little decorative pillow with it instead.
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This is a Brenda Day design and I fell in love with it from the moment I saw it. I just love the design itself and the colors chosen for it.
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This design is all done in either DMC floss threads or DMC #5 Perle, but uses lots of different colors and color shades. It could also be done with other threads, metallic, etc. in different colors. It could be made bigger too if one desires.
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I have just completed one side of my little pillow and will now do the other side, but in reverse, meaning the top of the left side will become the bottom on the right side and the bottom on the left side will in turn become the top on the right side making it real interesting. The finishing is also real cute.
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Pierrette =^..^=

10 comments:

Terry said...

This is looking beautiful and love the colours in fact the remind me of something else I think you have done or maybe thinking of doing. Maybe a hint of the old vases/urns from the native american indians that I seem to remember you working on.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Shame on you! My bargello stuff is idiot's work compared to this and Liz's beautiful things.

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Thanks, Terry :-)

I really love this pattern and the colors are just yummy.

I know which piece you are talking about and in some respect I can understand why it makes you think of it. I should resume stitching on that project too.

Pierrette =^..^=

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Judy,

I see that you hold your "stuff" in high regards (laughing out loud). I don't dare call it "art" as I don't want to get my head blown away (grinning)

Pierrette =^..^=

Anne Stradal said...

Terry's right--this reminds me of another piece you did, although I don't think it was bargello. Like the colors, though!

NCPat said...

What a beautiful piece! I am glad there are so many bargello lovers here!

Juli said...

Oh, I want to do this one too!

Front Range Stitcher said...

I love bargello and your colors are perfectly chosen and placed. Nice job!

Beth in IL said...

Very pretty!

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Oh yes, I am a BIG bargello lover. I love all kind of embroidery/needlepoint there is but there is a special place in my heart for bargello.

With bargello, even when tired, it is always very difficult to put it down. It is like "oh, just one more row, one more ..........", Well you get the picture (grinning).

Pierrette =^..^=