Friday, June 15, 2012

A Bounty of Beautiful Bargello!

We have something new from Jeff Kulick, the designer of "Halloween Abstract." And it's something completely different too! Take a look at "There's a Garden in My Bargello."


Jeff wanted to see how a variegated thread would work up in a bargello design and came up with a very sophisticated look by using five shades of green silk floss. He felt the combination of the bargello pattern he used and the lovely greens suggested foliage, so he just had to add a latticed garden, using more beautiful variegated silk threads. They add just the right pop of color, don't you think? The title is a clever play on Thurber's "There's a Unicorn in My Garden."

But wait, there's more. He's included two more colorways in the pattern; so not only do you get his Woodlawn Original, but you also get Sea and Sky in lovely shades of blue and Rose-Colored Glasses in warm, rose tones. Each garden band provides a striking contrast to the bargello.




We're offering this award-winning design (yes, it won a blue ribbon at the 48th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition in 2011) as the chart as well as a kit for each of these distinctive colorways: Woodlawn Original, Sea and Sky, and Rose-Colored Glasses.

On top of this bounty, we just received a delightful series of small bargello designs from the talented Carolyn Mitchell. They're a great size to tuck into your bag so that you have something to stitch when the moment arises, no matter where you are. Look at the variety in this four-chart series:


You could make a pretty needle case from the two diamond-patterned designs at the top left and bottom right. Or how about a luggage tag using that bright wave-patterned piece at top right. The small square design adds a large Queen Stitch to the four-way bargello pattern to make a great Chirstmas ornament.

The individual charts are economically priced, so check them out: Florentine Diamonds and Florentine Diamond Variation are great pieces for the intermediate stitcher; Florentine Continuous Wave is a good project for a beginning stitcher; and Florentine Four-Way is just right for the advanced stitcher.

If you just have to have them all, check out our special collection offer.

But wait! Carolyn's not finished. She's also added a new design to her small monthly series: "May Mist."


Isn't this blackwork fenced, spring garden pretty? We just love the colors. You don't have to put that little fairy (included in the chartpack) up in the top left corner. She'd look great guarding the entrance to your garden. Or substitute a smaller sterling silver fairy charm as an alternative.

Carolyn's last design (for now!) is a lovely set of coasters in shades of mocha and brown, "Have a Drink on Me."


Each coaster is 3.5" x 3.5" and a combination of canvaswork stitches and blackwork. Tuck one in your bag when you're out and about, just in case you have a few moments of "down" time (is there really such a thing?). These would make a lovely hostess gift. They can be finished as shown in Sudberry House's coasters, or stitch them all as one large piece to put into a serving tray or finish as a pillow.

What are you waiting for? So much to stitch, so little time!

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