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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 10 August 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218678
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 190x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £12.99
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Bargello Stitch


A pattern directory for dramatic needlepoint by Laura Angell & Lynsey Angell

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Book Description

Part of bargello’s appeal lies in the simplicity of using a single stitch in a repeating pattern that is only ever worked vertically or horizontally. The technique lends itself to dramatic, wavelike designs in exciting, gradated colourways (think Missoni) that can be used for pillows, bags, belts and purses.

This new pattern collection brings bargello stitch designs bang up to date offering fresh contemporary colour stories: brights and clashes, muted fades, contrasts, complementary colours, zesty neons and metallic rainbows.

Includes 40 design samples graded from easy to advanced, easy-to-read charts, patterns for edges and borders for smart finishes, ideas for bringing texture using fancy flosses, and a freestyling collection that mixes several techniques on one canvas.

Table of Contents

Meet Laura and Lynsey (the Bargello Sisters)
Chapter One: A Brief History and Introduction
Chapter Two: Tools and Materials Needed
Chapter Three: The Stitches
Chapter Four: The Design
Edging and Borders
Textural Canvas Work
Using Fancy and Alternative Yarns


About the Author

About Laura Angell

Laura Angell is a visual artist originally from Sheffield, UK, now living and working in Ireland. She has exhibited her work across the UK and Ireland and gives workshops teaching adults and teenagers how to do bargello. Her practice often involves using crafting techniques from the past and giving them a contemporary twist.

About Lynsey Angell

Lynsey Angell is a crafter, maker and writer. She supports various artists as an assistant.


Stitch Magazine

The appeal of bargello as a technique lies in simplicity and repetition. It's a single stitch that is only ever worked horizontally or vertically in a repeated pattern. When stitch length and colour are added into the mix, a dramatic kaleidoscope of possibilities opens up. And that's what this book is all about!

Laura and Lynsey Angell, known as The Bargello Sisters on social media, have pulled together a satisfying collection of designs and patterns. After a whistle-stop tour of tools, materials and stitches that's what they focus on. They introduce a series of designs that increase in complexity as you work through the pages.

There are clear colour charts and stitching diagrams throughout. Each pattern is worked in several palette variations. It's this up-to-date collection of colour stories that is core. Brights and clashes, muted fades, contrasts, complimentary colours, zesty neons and metallic rainbows will offer endless inspiration for your own bargello projects.

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