Framed bargello squares

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I wrote here about my discovery of bargello embroidery and some of the practical uses I’d found for my finished projects.  My favorite aspect of bargello is the endless combinations of color, and how the colors one chooses play off of each other in unexpected ways.  A second foray to Churchmouse Yarn & Teas this summer gave me an opportunity to play with color combinations from Churchmouse’s huge wall of threads, and I thought that the FOs looked so much like art that I should use them for . . . art!

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I found a very great framing company on Etsy, Signed and Numbered out of Salt Lake City.  These are some of the coolest custom made frames I’ve ever seen – nearly endless options of frame designs and styles, coupled with a huge variety of colors and degrees of distressed finish.  The end result is a vintage frame that’s mellowed with age to a soft patina and a chance to choose colors that perfectly complement whatever you’re framing.

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For my bargello squares, I went with a slightly distressed finish in a simple white, so as not to compete with the thread colors, and a double matted style to really frame and focus on the “art.”  I picked my thread colors with no real plan or organization in mind – just as sets of color that I liked together – and, once complete, I framed them up and hung them on the wall.

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