Updated February 26, 2021.
You may not have thought about Bargello as the easiest way into doing your own designs, but it is. A simple Bargello line pattern, such as the one I used on my Bargello pattern challenge with Cindy from Windy Meadow, pictured below, can be the springboard to many different Bargello projects.
The basic line, a scallop, is used for this little coin purse. The overdyed thread is the end of some knitting yarn given to me by a friend. I used Crescent Colours floss and Flair as the other threads.
From start to finish, it only took me less than 3 hours to stitch.
Once you have a line, you can start to vary it. This ribbons pattern is made by keeping the pattern going in one direction instead of turning at the scallop’s top. It’s a simple change and can be done with any Bargello line pattern, but what a difference it makes!
You can enhance the ribbony look by making more than one line using the same thread. I used three and accented it with neon green Sparkle Rays. It’s in a lime green alligator Lee’s Needle Arts luggage tag.
This was the original piece I did using this line; it was on Cindy’s site. I offset the rows of the pattern so that the lowest point in one row meets the highest point in the row below it. When you do this, the pattern no longer has lines but shapes. This type of shape is called a clamshell and is fun to fill.
Mine is pretty conservative, but you could also fill the outlines with different colors, making a scrap bag design, or you could alternate between two or three colors.
I started (late Tuesday night) yet another variation that crosses two of the ribbon patterns into a big “X,” and I want to do more after that.
This is easy to do yourself, find a Bargello line pattern you like, graph out on or another of these variations, pick your threads, and stitch away! You have created an original design!