Friday, April 2, 2010

Sweeeeeeet Vi-o-lets!

Sorry it's been so long since I've sat down and blogged. I guess I haven't been in much of a chatty mood. Instead, I've been in a focused design-every-idea-that-comes-into-my-head mood and I decided to run with it and see where it takes me. So, needless to say, I've been busy stitching up a storm. Really. (You should see the stack of started canvases on scroll bars I've got piled up in the corner of my office.)

So I reveal a finished piece to you today, as an offering that celebrates the beginning of spring. TA DA! It's called BARGELLO AND VIOLETS:


I wanted to try a four-way bargello piece using - you guessed it, surprise, surprise - variegated thread. This purple version uses Watercolours 259, "Garden Path" (a totally yummy color combo, I must admit) with green and purple #5 pearl cottons and a gold and purple metallic ribbon (I like Ribbon Floss, but it can be hard to find so I also list an alternate Kreinik 1/8th Ribbon color). [ASIDE: I also provide a list of threads to use if you want to stitch a pink or blue version.]

Here are the bargello colors up-close, as well as a bit of the outer border and easy background stitch, done with an antiquey looking #12 pearl cotton 437:


The bargello rows go really fast, so I had them all stitched quickly. And the soft metallic shimmer of the Ribbon Floss threads really make this piece sparkle - I wish you could see the actual model! Then I set the project down and didn't touch it for a year. Ahem. Time flies, etc., etc....

When I pulled it out again last month I realized I just had to figure out how to put the violets in the center. My first idea was to stitch a little tussie mussie of violets in the center or perhaps a whole violet plant. But when I graphed out a violet flower, I realized it would be fairly easy to make the violets geometrical/symetrical to echo the four-way bargello....I then added a few violets in the corner and "VOILA! C'est fini!"

Here's a close-up of the violet center:


You can see that I added a few gold beads in the centers of the flowers, just to add some dimension to the piece.

Originally, I intended to make this into a pillow and not enclose it with a border. But when I finished stitching the bargello and violets part it looked sort of plain just floating there on the canvas. So of course, I started adding one border, then another, and another.....until it was totally encircled to my satisfaction. Now it's a frame-able piece.

So if you're a sweet violet fan (like me) and you like all things purple and green (just like me) and you're in the mood to stitch a springtime project (oh YEAH!) - this might just be the project for you! Please visit my website to see the ordering information for my new BARGELLO AND VIOLETS.

And.....Have a Happy Easter weekend!

11 comments:

Karen said...

Ewww, I LOVE this!! But I gotta get Starry Nights started first :) I have violets all over my yard right now...

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful! It's the first bargello pattern that I've wanted to purchase ... ever! Thanks for such a wonderful pattern! - Sue

Manka said...

Beautiful!!

Happy Easter to you, too!

Rachel said...

Glad I'm not the only one with a mile-long list of things to draft/design/graph 1

Coni said...

can't....breathe....must...have....design....

OMG, Laura! This is just simply the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my whole entire life! (How's THAT for hyperboleeeee!).

Really, though, this is a perfect balance of flowers and bargello and colors and textures and borders.

Yum. Mee.

Hippity Hoppity to you and yours!

Tommye said...

Just gorgeous. My favorite colors. I'd love to do a four way bargello. I love the geometry of it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura--cute piece! I think it would look fabulous as a biscournu...

Carol S.

Susan said...

Absolutely beautiful! I have to get this! You are so creative and I just love your designs!

Front Range Stitcher said...

Well done Laura, it is perfectly lovely. You've created a beautiful and fun piece to stitch!

Holly said...

Oooh! Very pretty! I love the way you did the center vein of the leaves.

Holly said...

I love this design - especially how you did the center vein of the leaves...