An Optical Illusion?

I am making good progress with my Bargello medley project, though there was a pause while I was away in Switzerland. While showing the work to the stitching group, one of them suggested turning it upside down. On doing this the clear outline of a vase appeared on the right hand side. A bit of an optical illusion in a way, as I had nothing specific in mind when designing the work. Also the piece was meant to be shown the other way round. Now that I have discovered this hidden vase shape, I will keep it this way round.

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In part the illusion may be due to the fact that the vase like shape is not fully stitched. When it is all complete it may look different again. However I have become quite attached to the way it looks with some of the fabric left unstitched. For some future projects I plan to include some unstitched bits in the design. Below are a couple of more detailed photos.

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2 thoughts on “An Optical Illusion?

  1. Superb! And I know exactly what you mean – I also occasionally find something in the design that I didn’t intend to put there, and that in a way makes it even more exciting. I love the way this is coming along.

  2. Thanks for your kind comments. I have now completed the piece, so it will appear in its fullness sooner or later. I finally decided to leave a few bits unstitched. On to new challenges!

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