With the Amadeus stitches sorted out, I worked on some background stitches.
I really loved the Bargello as I was stitching it, and was very tempted to leave parts of the pattern unstitched since I loved the shape it was creating. But I went ahead and evened it out. I think I’ll make the suggestion when I teach it that parts of it can be left unstitched if the students like the shapes as much as I did.
I also added some Victorian step pattern between the Amadeus stitches. This is one of my favorite background stitches, because it conveys movement with straight stitches. I used floss and satin floss for the background, to add texture without adding too much color.
It’s coming along, the end is in sight!