Anna Pearson is a great English teacher of needlepoint. In addition to books, classes, and her Tuscan needlepoint retreat, she is now making great videos for those of us who cannot learn from her in person.
Update 11/12/19: Anna has a lovely blog post telling the story behind the videos.
The first video is an Introduction to Florentine (Bargello). It also includes shots of many of Pearson’s other pieces as well as a little bit about how she got onto needlepoint.
The second video covers in detail the material used for the project. You’ll learn about everything including stretcher bars and scissors. You’ll still have to pick the colors yourself.
The third video shows you how to stitch the first line of your pattern. It has great close-ups and tips. Remember that in Florentine (Bargello) stitched in lines the pattern of stitches stays the same, only the thread color changes.
You can also see many of her projects and her teaching schedule on her website.
If you want to learn more about the history of Bargello, check out this article from Nordin Needles Save the Stitches series. It includes a delightful free pattern, pictured above, that’s a Bargello Sampler.