Stones of Venice – moving quickly

Stones Of Venice Panel

Stones Of Venice Panel

Oh dear, that didn’t take very long!

I’ve completed the top part of the footstool cushion using the Bargello pattern “Stones of Venice”. It grew very quickly, and although in the book it was described as an Advanced pattern, I found it fairly straightforward.

Each stitch goes across three, six, or nine threads, the stitches are grouped in threes, and the step between groups of three stitches is three threads. The most time consuming element, I think, was separating my wool and recombining one thread of each shade to create the heathered effect. Some of the other patterns mix up length of stitch, step between stitches, and groupings a great deal more, and must be much harder to keep track of!

However, now I need to stop and think. I need to stitch the vertical sides of the footstool cushion, and since I believe that wrapping the design around the sides will look awkward, I have decided to work each side panel separately. Now I just need a suitably Venetian border design that will work well with “Stones of Venice”.

It needs to be slightly smaller scale, I think, and I also need to allow for the fact that my stash of these colours is almost entirely depleted, and they may need to be supplemented, either by purchase or by using different shades in the borders.

Thoughts, anyone?


  1. Janice says:

    How about a repeat diamond pattern but each one within a square, to give a geometric edging, and to mark the changes from this? You could change the colours around, so having the blue as the main colour and highlighted with the orange.

  2. coral-seas says:

    I somehow missed the first post on this project but I have back tracked and read it now 🙂 I would have extended the design over the edges if I had been doing it. I could not recall the brick work on the Palace to had to look on google. Not many good close up pics but I found a few that show the carved stone border that runs below the brick work. Could you devise a pattern from that, maybe, it appears to be small circles within parrallel lines.

    I like the colours you have used and I would imagine the pattern was quite relaxing to do.

  3. Carolyn says:

    I really like that pattern, it is pleasing to the eye and I think the suggestion about the diamond pattern for the edge would set this off.

  4. Penny says:

    Its going to be lovely. I can imagine that when the pattern preparer labeled it as ‘advanced’ they didn’t know your skill level *smile*.

  5. Lady Fi says:

    How lovely!

  6. Alex says:

    I think the four-sided theme would be a good one to stick to, whether you go for diamonds again, squares, or elongate the diamonds, which might be an attractive option. It’s going to be tricky with rapidly diminishing stocks of thread though so perhaps a design that brings the blue more to the fore?

  7. It’s looking great. I love the colours. And I’m not at all surprised that you didn’t find it ‘advanced’ 😉

    I like Coral’s idea of taking something from the other design elements of the palace for the side panels. There’s a very simple border, and there are also lots of scalloped, four-leaf-clover style windows & openings (I’m sure there’s a proper architectural term, but I don’t know it!).

    It also feels like you could afford to use a lot more of the blue – I love those highlights, it’s such a vibrant colour.