Bargello Digression

I’m a person who loves color. As much as I’m enjoying the Foggy River experience, I needed a break from the blues and grays. The brown grass wasn’t enough

My next project is inspired by this Peruvian placemat.

Peruvian placemat inspiration

I liked the stepped design due to its similarity to southwestern petroglyph imagery. I immediately thought of trying the bargello technique. It’s not something I’ve ever done before.

Bargello quilting technique

The idea is to sew gradients of color together in horizontal bands, then sew it into a tube. Once the tube is pressed flat, it is then cut perpendicular to the bands. Each row is then staggered and sewed together to make these stepped designs. The images I’ve seen have used carefully chosen gradients. I used shades of greater contrast because that’s mostly what I had on hand. I’m guessing there’s some mathematical formula to provide a more regular flow of steps that I missed in the training video I watched. In any case, I like how mine turned out.

My plan is to add beadwork in some areas like the white and darker brown that would feature some of the other placemat designs; the squares or zig zags, for example.

The finished work will be a little 9 inch, multi-paneled, free standing “screen.” I’ve collected chopsticks each time we order a Buddha Bowl at our local restaurant. The chopsticks will be the supports. Now….back to Foggy River!!


Happily retired! Renewing my interests in music and art. Hoping to improve my skills in all creative areas.

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