Bargello Needlepoint: A Pattern Directory for Dramatic Creations

Bargello Needlepoint: A Pattern Directory for Dramatic Creations

by Laura Angell, Lynsey Angell


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Bargello needlepoint, which originated in sixteenth-century Italy, employs a simple stitch that is repeated over and over again to form a distinctive geometric pattern in vibrant colors. Our mothers and grandmothers whiled away their time with it in the 1960s and 70s, and Bargello is now enjoying a revival among crafters. The technique lends itself to dramatic, wave-like designs in exciting, graduated colorways, and it's often used to create striking pillows, bags, belts, and purses.
This new collection brings Bargello designs up to date with 40 stitch patterns, graded from beginner to advanced. Sisters Laura and Lynsey Angell offer a brief history of the technique as well as tips on tools and materials plus a tutorial of the stitches. A wealth of designs follow, enhanced with full-color photos and easy-to-read charts. In addition to guidance for creating textures and smart finishes at edges and borders, the authors provide suggestions for using fancy and alternative yarns and experimenting with freestyle patterns.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486842912
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 10/14/2020
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 348,421
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Visual artist Laura Angell has established her work across the United Kingdom and Ireland, and her practice often involves putting a contemporary twist on crafting techniques from the past. She frequently conducts bargello needlepoint workshops.
Lynsey Angell, Laura's sister, is a crafter and writer.

Table of Contents

Meet the Bargello Sisters 6

Introduction 8

Tools and materials 10

Chapter 1 The Stitches 14

Climbing brick stitch 16

Parallel brick stitch 17

Curve stitch 18

Scottish stitch 19

Leaf stitch 20

Flame stitch 21

Hungarian stitch 22

How to make a swatch 24

Chapter 2 The Designs 26

Visual contents 28

Easy 34

Intermediate 66

Advanced 100

Taking Bargello Further 126

Edges and borders 128

Textural and canvas work 138

Freestyling 148

Index 158

Credits 160

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