Bargello Needlepoint and Free Bargello Needlepoint Patterns

You must be ready to try Bargello needlepoint if you’ve found yourself on this page. This is one of the most unique forms of needlepoint as it uses just a simple straight stitch to create striking patterns and designs. 

What is Bargello needlepoint?

Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery.  It consists of upright stitches placed in a mathematical pattern which requires very precise counting of squares. These distinctive patterns are built up from rows of straight stitches.

Sample of Bargello Patterns - public domainTwo examples of Florentine Bargello (needlework)
curved and flame stitch motifs (2021, December 27).
In Wikipedia

Bargello needlepoint patterns are mostly geometric, but they may also be found as very stylized flowers or fruits.

Traditional Bargello needlepoint patterns are very colorful, and they use many hues of one color. This technique results in very intricate shading effects. The varying shades and colors of yarns add movement to these unique Bargello needlepoint patterns.

History of Bargello Needlepoint

The exact origins of Bargello are not well documented.  There are beautiful chairs in the Bargello Museum in Florence which identifies them as being made in the 17th century.

These chairs were done in what is known as Hungarian Point. Both Bargello needlepoint and Hungarian Point have very intricate patterns and use many hues of a single color. 

Queen Maria Theresa of Hungary was known to stitch Bargello needlepoint.  Her beautiful work is preserved in the Hungarian National Museum.

What is Bargello needlepoint used for?

Traditional Bargello work was wool stitched on canvas.  This embroidery is very durable and most often was used on pillows, upholstery and carpets.

Modern Bargello is still used on pillows, and if you scroll down on this page, there are wonderful Bargello needlepoint patterns for iPhone cases, belts, Christmas stockings, a wallet, and even a planter!

Interestingly, Bargello is not relegated strictly to embroidery.  Quilters have begun using the patterns found in Bargello embroidery by sewing together strips of fabrics that are the same height but of different widths.

These Bargello quilts are strip-pieced, which is where the fabric is cut into long strips and sewn together in groupings of various hues of a single color.  

The strips are then cut into rows of either squares or rectangles and sewn together to form the intricate Bargello patterns. Learn more about this beautiful quilting by visiting our Bargello quilt page.

Scroll down this page to find much more about Bargello, such as supplies needed, tutorials for stitches such as the zigzag and wave stitch, traditional Bargello motifs such as the flame, diamond, ribbon and medallion motifs, and so much more.

Be sure to check out the free Bargello needlepoint patterns also found below. This style of needlepoint will catch the eye of anyone interested in the art of needlework.

Bargello Needlepoint and Free Bargello Needlepoint Patterns

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Have You Tried Bargello Needlepoint? This article is all about bargello needlepoint from supplies needed to design types to color use. Needlework Tips and Techniques

Bargello Bell

A free bargello design for Christmas. Needlework Tips and Techniques

Bargello Candles Stocking

With this free pattern make a charming Bargello mini-stocking. Caron Collection

Bargello Design in EQ4

A tutorial on how to design Bargello in EQ4 Lilly's Attic

Bargello Eyes Right Motif

Use this diagram to make an eye-popping bargello pattern. Wonderful Stitches

Bargello Needlepoint

An article all about bargello needlepoint - from what it is, to the history, to Bargello techniques, to modern bargello. Wikipedia

Bargello Needlepoint Bell

The free Bargello pattern is a little more quirky with its modern asymmetrical pattern. Nuts About Needlepoint

Bargello Needlepoint Planter

A free online class to teach you how to make our Bargello Needlepoint Planter. Brooklyn Craft Company

Bargello Needlepoint Wallet

If you love Bargello, you will love this Bargello needlepoint wallet. Get the free pattern. Favecrafts

Bargello Pine Trees Stocking

At Caron Collection is a free bargello pattern for a mini pine tree stocking. Caron Collection

Bargello Reflected Zig Zag Motif

Learn this bargello motif by clicking the chart to sequence steps on this page. Wonderful Stitches

Bargello Stitch Illustration

Use this basic bargello stitch sample illustration to learn it. Needlepoint Teacher

Beginners Guide to Bargello

An introduction to bargello needlepoint - the basics. Love Crafts

Diamond Bargello Stitching Motif

This simple repeating diamond design is a great motif for cushions or other home dec projects. Epida Studio

Doll Pillow

Create a cute bargello doll pillow with this tutorial. Needlepoint Teacher

Flame Bargello Stitching Motif

Flame is a traditional bargello design. Learn a basic flame design in this tutorial. Epida Studio

Flame Stitch Bargello

The flame stitch is one of the easiest bargello in needlepoint. Here is a free tutorial. By MargaretDTH in Craft at Instructables

Florentine Bargello Needlepoint

Livemaster has gathered 25 Bargello patterns for different difficulty levels, starting with the simplest and finishing with those that require a little more attention and patience. Livemaster

Florentine Needlecase

This delightful bargello needlecase is stitched in one piece. Caron Collection

Framed Diamonds Stitching Motif

Here is an illustration for making a bargello motif that looks like leaded glass and diamond-shaped panes. Wonderful Stitches

Heart Stitch

Want to add hearts to your background? Check out these two free Bargello heart stitch motifs. Greystone Needlepoint

Learn to Bargello

This series of videos will teach you Bargello needlepoint from start to finish. Hello Bargello

Milano Evening Purse Pattern

Although the MILANO design was created as an evening purse, it is possible to adapt the design for your personal projects, extending the height and width of the pattern to your desired size. Caron Collection

Needlepoint Bargello or Long Stitch

Learn this simple needlepoint stitch that is worked vertically across a canvas to produce a colorful wave-like design. WikiHow

Nutty Rectangle Bargello Needlepoint

This free Bargello Needlepoint pattern uses rectangles as its basis. Get the free pattern. Nuts About Needlepoint

Persian Bargello Medallions

Using the diagram to stitch the bargello medallion. Wonderful Stitches

Sampler - Bargello Sampler PDF

A mini bargello sampler pattern. Tangle Crafts

Silken Stitches Pin

Make and wear this attractive bargello pin with pride. Kreink

Snowflake Santa

Create a cute Santa with this free Bargello pattern. The Caron Collection

The Bargello Stitch

Watch this video to learn the basic bargello stitch for bargello needlepoint. By Hello Bargello on YouTube

Uneven Zig Zag Bargello Stitching

Uneven zig-zag bargello gives interest to the basic bargello design by changing the number of steps and down. Learn how to stitch this bargello design in this tutorial. Epida Studio

Variable Zig Zag Bargello Stitching

Variable zig zag takes a basic zig-zag design and makes it a bit more complicated. Learn how here. Epida Studio

Wave Stitch

Here find an example of the Bargello Vertical Wave Stitch. KC Needlepoint

Zig Zag Bargello Stitching

Learn how to stitch the basic zig zag Bargello stitching with this tutorial. Epida Studio

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