I've used the same basic size and format as my previous BARGELLO AND VIOLETS, shown below:
which I enjoyed stitching so much, I got to wondering what other sorts of four-way bargello designs I could come up with.
BARGELLO AND BUTTERFLY is a larger piece - 10.5" by 10.5" on the Santa Fe Sage Green 18 ct. canvas. I chose the sage green canvas because that cool green color is my favorite and I thought all the colors would pop against it - and they do! But if you want, you can certainly use the pale blue, grey, or eggshell canvas too. I think the blue or grey canvas would give a much cooler feel to the piece, while the warmer eggshell canvas would be brighter and "sunnier" if you wanted that look instead.
I've altered the bargello pattern just a bit to create a different sized opening in the center. And this time, I've place a big, shimmery blue butterfly in the center (and it was rather fun to tent stitch with #5 pearl cottons and a shimmery blue metallic, although you can always substitute DMC floss colors if you don't like tent stitching with pearl cottons.) Here's the butterfly up-close:
And I wanted to create a different type of outer border for this piece, so I've laid blue metallic Ribbon Floss "in the ditches" and stitched over it with a "fan" or eyelet variation, which gives the border a more lacy, airy look (not to mention providing a neat place to add a few gold beads - grin) ...
And, although you can't see it very well in the photos, the background filling stitch is a plain four-way "lattice" stitch that has itty bitty upright crosses on top of the intersections. For something different, I also mixed the background colors a bit; using blue metallic #4 braid on the north and south sections (see the blue arrows) and then a teal #4 braid in the east and west sections (where the green arrows are pointing). Just a subtle color change that adds a bit more mystery and interest to the design. (You can see the two different colors behind the butterfly as well, if you look closely in the previous photo...)
So if you're thoughts are turning to butterflies and bargello this summer, please visit my website to read more about this new BARGELLO AND BUTTERFLY design.
And of course.... HAPPY FRIDAY!!