Start with the rows of Bargello stitches. (If you're not familiar with Bargello, Wikipedia surprisingly has a decent overview.) For this ornament, the Bargello is completed with vertical stitches over 4 threads. Begin the bottom Bargello pattern where the lower green area meets the white central band, and just follow the pattern established by the painting. Use of a laying tool is recommended!
- The first (inner-most) row is Kreinik 1/16" ribbon in color 009.
- Below this is a row of Felicity's Garden #016, Evergreen, using two strands.
- The third row is Vineyard Silk Classic #C-146, Cactus, using two strands.
- Repeat this pattern for the subsequent rows.
- When it's time to use the Kreinik ribbon for the third time, lengthen the stitches to cover the bottom of the ornament.
Gold Ornament Top:
Using Kreinik #8 braid in color 002, fill this area with woven stitch. Work the stitch right over that first row of green intersections. This makes it look a bit like there are holes in the bottom of the ornament top, and the color of the ornament is showing through.
Note: This area is really hard to photograph, due to the gold metallic on top of gold metallic paint, but refer to the enhanced photograph at right to see the detail a bit better.
Central White band:
Using Rainbow Gallery's Patina #PA10 (one strand, right as it comes off the card), work this area in basketweave. Change the direction of the tent stitches in the diagonal areas between the petals of the poinsettias, so the stitches are angled away from the center.
Satin stitch the green lozenge-shaped areas with Kreinik 1/16" ribbon #009.
Each petal of the poinsettias is stitched in four parallel diagonal stitches over four intersections, using Rainbow Gallery's Petite Frosty Rays #PY072. A black seed bead is used over each of the four black intersections at the center of each flower.
(Oh, and thanks to all who commented on the previous post. I'll be responding to some of the comments in tomorrow's post.)