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Bargello How to with Susan Hyder

What is Bargello?

The definition according to most dictionaries is:  ”a needlepoint stitch that produces zigzag lines”. Quilting has adopted this age old technique, originally made with multiple colours of thread, using multiple coloured fabrics to reproduce a similar effect. With this method there is lots of movement within the quilt design due to the contrast of fabrics side by side.

The key to making the Bargello design work is to have a fabric run ranging from very light to dark. Many Bargello quilts are in a monochromatic colour scheme while others are made with a complementary colour scheme. Monochromatic uses only one colour while complementary uses two that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel.

Choosing Fabrics

I find this step is the longest part of the whole quilt building process. After playing with many purple fabrics both from my stash and Simcoe Sew & Quilt I finally decided on a monochromatic colour run of purple. My colour run is only 6 fabrics and ranges from light to dark.

Insturction on basic bargello technique. includes hand outs and info.

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