Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bargello experiments

I can't tell you why, but I've been doing some stitching experiments with bargello. I am fascinated by the various patterns and ways to combine colors to acheive different effects. Some time ago I found this great book, copyright 1974, on needlepoint bargello patterns.

And this book is fairly recent. I got it from Nordic Needle last year I think. It includes a lot of information on how to modify or create your own patterns. It is available here.

Anway, there are lots of examples of unusual patterns in both books. Admittedly, some of the colorways in the 1974 book are ...bold? But if you use a little imagination, you can come up with your own beautiful interpretations. Here are a few of mine. All of these include one Waterlilies overdyed silk from Caron Collection, and Splendor Silk from Rainbow Gallery.


  1. I LOVE bargello! Haven't done it in years, but used to make some really pretty wall hangings that included bargello back in the....ummm...Stone Age! :)

  2. Bargello is a beautiful old stitch...once you get the hang, it seems to move on by...These are beautiful!~

  3. I have done some bargello myself. It is pretty.


  4. Tommye - I am not usually a fan of bargello but you are changing my mind. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  5. love these...have just started a flickr group for bargello....i really love bargello and want to get more people interested in this wonderful needlework