Not quite a month ago, I realized I needed a special Xmas gift for a special couple that we care about. In the past, I made them a box and when they were married I made a tray in the same colors as the box. So I thought it would be a good time to make them a pillow in those same colors. Of course it had to be Bargello if I was to get it done in time! And it had to be an original design. Yikes!
First I grabbed my file of Bargello Ideas and in a couple of days I had the design roughed out, canvas cut and some threads pulled. Unfortunately, most of the thread is a nice wool tapestry thread that is no longer made.
I just had the bare outlines worked out and set to stitching. All went well until I got to the background. I started with the parts in between the diamond shapes, using the Watercolours that I had used touches of already. When I tried that for the interior background, it looked awful!!!! Way too bright and in your face.
I spent several days trying to figure out a background, ripping out that interior at least 3 times, and finally settled on what you see. Except I had not looked to see how much thread I had left. I worked the top background, keeping track of my thread. Oh boy, I discovered I only had enough to do the top and bottom sections. Back to the yarn cupboard.
I tried several things, including the browns (talk about bright!) and some other brands of thread (where did this blue come from anyway?!) and finally determined that I could do the diamond framework in a different shade in the same blue family, but would have to use something else for the fill. Finally tried a darkish gray and decided it would have to do.
In the end, I think it turned out pretty good. I hope I can get a better picture when it comes back from the finisher. Fortunately, my finisher is a good friend and she said she could get it back to me in time for Xmas. Whew!!