Stitch of the Month
July 1999: Bargello

by Beth Robertson

The Bargello or Florentine stitch is created with straight stitches usually over four or more canvas threads. The stitches are stepped up and down and form a pattern when stitched across the canvas. The established pattern is repeated in different colors to form the overall design. Generally a pattern consists of an odd number of color shades which gives more balance to the design. A Bargello pattern can be used for an entire design or in a portion of a design. To create the look of movement such as water, the Bargello pattern can be stitched all in one color of thread. There are hundreds of Bargello patterns and possibilities for the use of this stitch are endless.

Sample stitched by Nancy Kirwin

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