Shell Game 2 is a basic Bargello wave pattern punctuated with shell stitches and pearl beads.

Teaching objectives:

  • To learn a basic shell stitch with padding
  • Compensating a Bargello wave pattern
  • Develop a natural stitching rhythm without reliance on stitch diagrams
  • Stitch with confidence and ease

The center shell patterns are padded; students will have the option to pad the smaller stitches if desired. Padding the shell stitches, a stump work technique, gives the finished design the look of real shells attached to the canvas. Available in 3 color ways: Blue Waters – as shown, clear blue water colors on Sandstone canvas; Seafoam – aqua water colors on aquamarina canvas, or Turquoise – turquoise water colors on white canvas. When finished, the project is suitable for a box top, pillow or framing, because the stitches are not long stitches that will catch with handling.

Stitches include Greek, slanted gobelin, Bargello wave, shell stitches and padded shell stitches.

Duration1 day class for beginners to intermediate stitchers.
MaterialsDMC cotton flosses and pearl cotton, Caron Collection Watercolours, 2 sizes of pearl beads, size 22 tapestry needles, beading needle, and Fiberfill for stuffing shells
Size8″ x 8″, 144 x 144 stitches on 18 ct. canvas
Student Supplies2 pairs of 14″ stretcher bars, scissors, laying tool, tweezers (helpful for stuffing shells), magnification and lights if needed
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