Bargello seat covers - part 1

by brae  

I have my 40 count linen on the frame and ready to attempt the bargello pattern from the book Miniature Needlepoint and Sewing Projects by Kathryn Falk.  My test on 32 count Jobelan required three strands, but the 40 count linen needed only two.  I did try a sample of single thread but it left noticeable bare patches.  I opted for medium beige linen to mask any bare spots that might arise with the two strand coverage as well.  The linen is less even in texture than the Jobelan, but bargello stitching covers more area so it's doesn't seem to impact the end result.

This is roughly an hour's work so it does cover a good area rather quickly.  The linen works better than gauze for me, though it does take some concentration to start.  You have to be so careful with the count, but I can at least see the threads this time.  Once you get the pattern started, it seems to go faster as well.  I've stopped short on the right since I wanted to measure against the seat insert and didn't have it handy.  Bargello makes for a bulkier end fabric, so I want enough to cover the seat insert without having to tuck stitched portions underneath.

Here is the 32 count sample so you can see the difference.

I wonder if the 40 count linen might be something useful for my cross stitch projects where I want the higher count.  I'll do a test sample to see what I think of the results.  The occasional bulky thread might not work for cross stitch, though.


Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

I like the pattern. I think it looks great!

07/01/17 @ 08:49
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]

Just beautiful! You’re making one for each of the dining chairs, yes?

07/01/17 @ 09:20
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

No, these will be for the two small benches in the library area.

07/01/17 @ 09:22
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

I really love the colors and the linen seems to work much better… more organic seeming? Like the covers will have been around for a while because they’re smooth but not pristine? I don’t know if I’m saying it right. But I love how it looks so far.

07/01/17 @ 11:55
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]

The benches are going to look great! I really love the colours.

07/01/17 @ 13:14
Comment from: Samantha [Visitor]

These are going to be lovely when finished. Good idea to only tuck the linen under. It will surely make for a sharper finish. :)

07/01/17 @ 17:37
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

Very nice! Makes me think of Missoni knits.

07/01/17 @ 22:01
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

07/02/17 @ 18:50

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