Hildegard is the first of my mini Bargello patterns. They are sized and stitched to fit into Sudberry’s charming Mini Boxes. The design is adapted from one in a Bargello book by JO Christensen.
You can stitch this design tonight and give it as a gift tomorrow. This is the first of four mini Bargello patterns.
Because the design is small, this is a great piece for using up your scraps of thread. I used one strand of a three-strand knitting yarn in orange, pink, and violet for every other line. The remaining lines are stitched in 4mm silk ribbons from my scrap bag.
Because needlepoint compresses the canvas as you stitch, you’ll find it easier if you mark out a space slightly larger than thee 1.5″ finished size. Mine at 28 stitches was barely big enough. You’ll have better results if you mark out a square of 29 threads.
Find the center of one of the sides and begin stitching the pattern. This establishes the line.
This pattern is easiest to stitch if you do it line by line. The tiny size of the stitches can make it hard to fit them into open threads.
To finish the box, trim your canvas to two threads beyond the edge. Disassemble the box opening, leaving the glass in place. Center the stitching on the glass, then the cardboard, then place in the backing.
You’ve got a charming piece, ready for a gift.
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Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
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