A Lavender Cube and More Bargello

Now that my stint stitching for the Great Tapestry of Scotland has come to an end it is back to the more mundane.  As a starter I returned to one of Lousison’s lovely biscornu designs.  In this case I chose one of the petite grilles –  Série No 16 en positif.  There are six little designs in these series and I use all six to make a cube, which I fill with hollowfill fibre and some lavender.  The fabric was a 18ct Aida in pale yellow and the threads were all two strands of DMC cotton in three shades of green – ultra very dark turquoise, turquoise and very dark seagreen.  To sew the sides together I used a light blue green.  Here are some shots of the six squares and the finished cube.

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P1040616My current project is somewhat larger and is another bargello composition.  This one is cut to fit into a frame that I picked up in a second hand shop.  The fabric is another 18ct Aida, this time in light green.  The threads are again two strands of DMC cotton in five shades of green.  To add a bit of variety to the bargello patterns I have included some lines in a bright golden yellow silk/rayon mix.  The four straight lines in trammed gobelin give a basic symmetry to the overall composition.  I used five strands for this, simply because one of the strands broke and I was left with five.  This time I have tried to overcome my obsession with symmetry by inserting a couple of snake like lines which are not symmetrical.  Though they do divide the piece into two rough halves.  I used all six strands of the thread for this.   The tiny bit of orange is just a temporary marker to show the centre of the piece.  The two outer parts are both stitched in a simple wave pattern from Pauline Fischer and Anbabel Lasker’s book, Bargello Magic.  There they call this pattern pink parfait, but I think it works fine in green.  The middle section will be filled with one of my favourite bargello patterns –  ripple.  Here is what it looks like just now.

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One thought on “A Lavender Cube and More Bargello

  1. Oh I love the colours and shapes in the green composition – that quirkiness really appeals – can’t wait to see the finished piece.

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