What is Bargello needlepoint? For many who are new to the world of embroidery and needlework, this might be a question you’ve asked. I myself, had an interest in Bargello since I started needlepoint. But before I begin today’s post I think it might be best to start with a little about Bargello in case this may be new to some of you.
What is Bargello Needlepoint?
Bargello is a type of needlepoint consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello Palace in Florence hence it is sometimes also referred to as Florentine work.
The patterns are naturally geometric and while flat stitches are basic and easy to stitch, the patterns require concentration when counting. I can definitely attest to this as I’ve made several mistakes when counting in the past!
Traditionally, Bargello was stitched in wool on canvas seen most commonly in pillows or upholstery. I personally have always felt that overdyed threads work beautifully in Bargello patterns as the overlapping colours result in gorgeous shading effects.
So, this year my stitch group and I have decided to demonstrate how my Colour Complements threads appear when stitched in Bargello patterns. I think you are in for a treat!
Each month throughout 2022 we will be featuring a sample that we hope inspires you to either stitch some Bargello yourself OR perhaps inspire some new colour combinations for your next needlework project.
Patterns are not provided as in most cases the ladies in my stitch group simply made them up. You should be able to find similar if not identical patterns used these samples either online or in any bargello book.
Let’s start with our first bargello pattern
The needlepoint sample above is stitched on 18 count canvas using size 5 Perle cotton and measures about 3 inches square. What colours were used?
- Colour #175 – light values of blue
- Colour #44 – our rainbow blend
- Colour #58 – fall blend
- Colour #186 – purple, teal and blue
- a teal/green perle cotton and a metallic
Last year I featured a bargello sampler and the sample above was divided similarly for stitching. Remember bargello is basically straight stitches in varying lengths.
I look forward to sharing more bargello in the series. Have fun stitching!