Updated November 7, 2023.
The knitwear of the Italian fashion house Missoni always are wonderful springboards to needlepoint. Because they design knits and are renowned for their zigzag patterns and bold color choices, you can often use high fashion pieces as the starting point for needlepoint, especially for Bargello.
At Nordstrom’s one day there in the window was a Missoni dress that reminded me, once again, what a great source for Bargello patterns these fabrics can be.
My free pattern for The Caron Collection is a wallet insert with colors taken from a Missoni pillow that used a similar zigzag pattern.
Although I’m too swamped to stitch it now, this Missoni purse from 2004 is a Bargello pattern that is easy to do.
It’s a shallow scallop pattern. The purse, a clutch bag, uses many different colors. Instead of trying to reproduce it exactly, I would pick 10-12 solid colors in one thread, I’m thinking Planet Earth or Vineyard silk or wool. Put all the threads into a paper bag.
For each new row, pick out a color from the bag. Put it back when you have finished the row and pick another color. If you pick the same color, put it back and pick again.
Otherwise, anything goes.
The result will be something as unique as you are and for a fraction of the price of the original.