This project was a bit of an experiment. I started with a design from Bargello Needlepoint by Dorothy Kaestner. This was a variation on a green leaf border. I was quite taken with this idea and decided to try and complete it as a four way bargello. Easier said than done! But with a few adjustments here and there and a lot of blood, sweat and tears I did finally finish it off.
The fabric is a 14count Aida fabric in a pale grey. The threads are all but one from the Appleton range of wool threads. The odd one out is a DMC tapestry wool. With the Appleton threads I used three strands, but made do with only two strands with the DMC tapestry wool.
The central pattern, the leaves in Kaestner’s original, is stitched in four blues – royal blue. The lightest is the DMC tapestry thread. The little circles or half circles are stitched in greens – early english green – using tent stitch. I firstly tried to stitch these in bargello, but it did not work at all. So tent stitch it was.
The background is where it all got a bit complicated as the original was not designed as a four way pattern. And getting the alignment right to accommodate the little green circles was another headache. However it all handstickcame more or less acceptable in the end. For this part of the work I used four shades of fuchsia.
To finish the piece off I stitched a circle around the outside with two strands of dark royal blue in stem stitch. It is now safely ensconced in a Nurge No4 hoop. Altogether this took up nearly 29 hours of stitching.
Haven’t as yet worked out a title for this piece. Any suggestions?