The inspiration for this mini Bargello comes from Vintage Style magazine, a new magazine out from the publishers of Country Almanac.
In it a house was shown that was decorated in white, turquoise, and red. Having a red Sudberry Mini Box, I decided it would be cool to do the Bargello so that the box color was not in the Bargello, but the Bargello was designed to accent the box color.
That might sound strange but we do it all the time if the box is black, or white, or wood. So why not red?
The pattern is a type I call split Bargello. The Bargello line is divided in two and the color pattern is offset one row on each side. I’m always surprised by the end result in these patterns, it’s more subtle than I expect.
For color every other line is a bluish white (Silk & Ivory 222 Glacier). The other rows alternate between Ty-Di Just Cotton in 3145 and High Cotton in 432 Seafoam. The chart below gives you two lines, so you can see how the split works.
I stitched it by stitching all the white lines first, then filling in the colors one by one.
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