7 October 2012

Bargello - At Last!!

Happy Sunday everyone. Another Christmas tag to share with you today using the Bargello technique which was shared with me by the wonderful Fliss ages ago. I promised to give it a whirl and then a million other projects got in the way. Now a tinge of guilt has hit and kickstarted the ole mojo...


I began (as you would) by creating the Bargello base - by chance it is the theme of a monthly challenge at Techique Tuesday where the wonderful Mynnette gives a full tutorial HERE. I will of course enter this tag for the Technique Tuesday challenge. Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery (I remember starting some eons ago which had a wavy arch pattern) so this decided the pattern of the blocks for me.


The papers? you guessed it - Basic Grey Jovial (this year's Christmas tag theme for me). I took the time to edge each strip with ink to eliminate white stripes. Strangely enough the background was the easy bit. Deciding what to put on top was a mare! My fav Christmas (Lentern) roses sprang to mind but it took three versions to get the colours right. I also discovered you can use embossing powder on nylon lace without it frazzling up as long as you use PVA glue (in this case Cosmic Shimmer gold).


Some beautiful lace from The Funkie Junkie Boutique (died to within an inch of its life!!) and a sentiment from a really old HOTP stamp set helped to finish it - finally.


Now I need to go visit you guys as the posts have been appearing thick and fast, and there are several other projects on the go that need completing (no change there then!)
BTW - is anyone going to the Big Stamp and Scrapbook Show at Kettering next weekend? I'm going on Saturday (including a workshop with Hels Sheridan!! - huge squeals and happy dance!!) and it would be great to put faces to names if you are. Hugs, Buttons x

29 comments:

  1. Oooh I love the tag - the background looks very effective. I too struggle with the embellishment side of tags and am happy and well in my comfort zone creating the backgrounds! Not going to Kettering but am going to the NEC in November?

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  2. Once made a quilt using this technique but it works well with the papers as you've done on this tag - great stuff

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  3. Wowee Buttons! So glad to see you tried the technique and what you made looks totally stunning! Love the papers in the bargello and the roses are so beautiful.
    Thanks too for your lovely mention which is much appreciated.
    Have a lovely day.
    Hugs, Fliss
    PS: A very expensive day here as my trusty Dyson washing machine died on us yesterday so we're now trawling for a new one - ugh!

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  4. Hi Buttons, such a gorgeous pattern and colours! It looks so beautiful just on it's own...but the embellies are perfect here..there's nothing like a good challenge lol
    Dot x

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  5. Really different and absolutely wonderful. Your choice of papers for the background is spot on.

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  6. Wow!!! Tried that technique some time ago but did it quite randomly, not beautifully lined up like yours, didn't like mine - love yours, it is fabulous. The flower and leaves are amazing too.

    Slightly envious, you will love the workshop with Hels, she is so much fun and she usually displays a lot of her work - prepare to be uber impressed! Hope you will show what you make. Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  7. Hi Buttons, Fabulous tag,love the papers, a beautiful contrast for the rose. Saw Fliss use this technique - I need to try it too.
    Just been catching up with your other tags, stunning.
    Avril x

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  8. Wowww Buttons that background looks amazing, a real eyecatcher!!
    The nice flower on it, looks great...nice mixed media too...

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  9. Hi Buttons, Love the tag, the colours are wonderful. This is definitely on my to do list this month for Mynette's challenge.
    Thanks for stopping by again I do love all of your wonderful comments.
    hugs Kimx

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  10. ...this is fabulous and a real labour of loVe and patience lining those squares up...a smashing festive tag with the most delicious flower, beautiful work...Mel :)

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  11. Loving your fab tag Buttons. Yep am going to Kettering although not sure what day yet, if don't see you have loads of fun. Annette x

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  12. What a brilliant background! Looks like a wonderful patchwork quilt... Great tag!
    Alison x

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  13. In total admiration for the level of patience required to create this effect but well worth it, it is so eye catching.
    A sensational tag Buttons.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  14. This is a new technique to me Buttons but is very nice indeed x I love the background and your flowers are beautiful. Wish I was going to one of Hels workshops and it would be great to meet up with fellow crafters. Have a great time. Hugs Annie x

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  15. A really fab make, that technique looks wonderful! Ooh have fun at the workshop too, cannot wait to see what you make! Hugs trace x

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  16. You pulled this off perfectly, just love the effects you have achieved.
    Hope you have had a great weekend.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  17. You TOTALLY rocked this challenge, Buttons!!! LOVE the amazing gold embossing and your bargello is fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at Technique Tuesday--we appreciate your participation! PS: I have a DT call on my blog for a new challenge that will start in January if you are interested! HUGS! :)

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  18. Glad you got there n the end :) it's a very effective Tag :) who wouldn't want it to recieve even if it wasn't on a present
    Von ♥

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  19. Great background, fab tag

    Sam xxx

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  20. You made the beautiful burgundy trim with needlepoint??? WOW! Gorgeous! I love that you can do that. It's a dying art. Fabulous!

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  21. I played with this techinque forever ago then promptly forgot it. Seeing your fantastic tag Buttons has reminded me why there is a book on bargello still on the bookshelf. Now I am inspired to get it out. Love all the beautiful details.

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  22. WOW! Your bargello is gorgeous! I love the colors you used and that flower is fantastic! Thanks for joining us at Technique Tuesday!

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  23. Hi Buttons this absolutely gorgeous, must have taken ages to make. A completely new one to me, very skilled and I love it. I'm a bit out of the loops with craft shows, but Kettering is not that far from me, would be good to go. XX

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  24. This is gorgeous!! Great pattern for the Bargello and I love the ribbon and flowers! :) Thank you so much for joining us at Technique Tuesday! :)

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  25. Afternoon Buttons, thank you so much for joining us at Mynnette's Techique Tuesday Challenge for this months Bargello challenge. We really do appreciate the fact that you take the time to enter and hope to see you again next month.
    Your tag is gorgeous, totally gorgeous. You've really rocked the challenge this month. Beautiful papers and embellishments too hugs Karen, TT Crew

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  26. Love the papers you used and can't begin to imagine how long this took. Love the colours and the flower finishes it all off perfectly.
    Juliaxx
    Sorry to be late with my comments.

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  27. Oh Buttons this is gorgeous, really love the background (I'll have to look into this later) and the flowers are wonderful! x

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  28. What a fabulous labour of love. You have brilliant patience and it was all so worth it - stunning tag! Thanks for becoming my follower! Nicola x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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