I got a question recently asking about kits to make a Bargello pillow.
There aren’t many of them out there, so it’s best to make your own. This is easier than you might think.
The pillow pictured here is a vintage pillow, made from an elsa Williams design. A great place to find over 30 Bargello patterns is my book Bargello Revisited. The book is available on Amazon, at Nordic Needle, and at your local shop through Unicorn Books.
1. Pick your mesh size. I think 14 or 16 mesh is the best for Bargello because it can use the widest choice of threads.
2. Decide on your finished pillow size. Cut your canvas to be 2″ wider on all sides.
3. Using a permanent marked made for fabric, mark out the edged of your pillow.
4. Using books or Internet resources, pick out a Bargello pattern you like and count how many colors of thread you will need.
5. Pick out your threads and colors. The classic look is done with multiple shades of the same color.
6. (optional) Using craft paint in a color slightly lighter than the lightest color of your thread, and a sponge brush, color the canvas inside the pillow outline. This helps prevent needlepoint dandruff.
7. Start stitching.