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Making a Bargello Uniform for Little Miss Daisy

I have a wonderful English Cocker Spaniel called Daisy who comes to work with me everyday in my studio at Bargello-a-GoGo HQ. To keep in the spirit of all things Bargello! I decided to make her a cute little dog harness with Bargello Embroidery. I knew I would be using Zweigart 12 Count Tapestry Canvas and Tapestry Wool since plastic canvas would be too stiff to make into a dog harness. I first had to decide on a colour scheme. Since Daisy is a girl and golden in colour, I knew I wanted to do the Bargello Pattern in pinks with a hint of Yellow to brighten up the Bargello Pattern.  I next had to decide on what Bargello pattern...

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The inspiration behind my latest design - the Bargello Owl Wall Hanging

I'm really excited to announce a new kit that I've been busy working on at Bargello-a-Gogo HQ, which is the Bargello Owl Wall Hanging Kit! My latest kit design was inspired by a Macrame Owl Wall Hanging that my Nan had purchased back in the 70's and it was always hanging on her wall in her home throughout my childhood/teen years. Since Bargello embroidery was popular in the 60s/70s, I thought it would be great to make a Bargello Owl with a super funky retro feel! Whilst my Nan's original owl had been rather plain and brown with some glass eyes, I really wanted this design to stand out in bright, bold colours (since that's what Bargello is all about!)....

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Introducing Appletons Tapestry Wool in my new What's New Pussycat? Bargello Embroidery Cushion Kit.

I'm excited to announce that the latest Bargello-a-GoGo Bargello embroidery kit is now using Appletons Tapestry wool (instead of DMC that had been used for previous kits). There are a couple of reasons why going forward, I've decided to use the Appletons brand of Tapestry Wool instead. They use 100% Pure English Wool and it is also manufactured and dyed in the UK. Since Bargello-a-GoGo is based in the UK, I was keen to support a manufacturing business in the same country. Compared to other Tapestry Wool brands, there is a great option of having either skeins or hanks in my kits (depending on how much wool is required for the kits). The skeins also contain 10 metres rather than...

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Making cute little Bargello additions for my Bargello-a-GoGo Studio!

I love adding little groovy objects to display in my studio that make me happy every time I look at them. Over the past few months I have purchased several fun retro felt ornaments from a company called Made By Stitch Studio including this cute little Pink Fawn which I thought looked great alongside my Bargello-a-GoGo Coasters and retro Babycham Glasses: One of the latest additions to my studio was this groovy orange felt Alpaca: I felt really inspired by the 70s retro feel of this ornament to create a little fun Bargello item to go with it!  I thought it would be great to create a fun Bargello rug to stand on and here is a photo of what...

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What materials do I need to for Bargello embroidery?

Since experimenting in Bargello embroidery and after trying out many types of threads, canvas and various size embroidery needles, I have found the following materials to be my favourite: Tapestry Thread - There are some great Tapestry Wool brands such as DMC, Appletons and Anchor. They all have a great colour choice and give a nice, full coverage of the tapestry canvas. Size 18 Tapestry needle - I have found this size needle works really well with the threads described above and also with the style of tapestry canvas I use. 10 Count Plastic Canvas - I absolutely love this! It is great for beginners, sews up quite quickly and I love how rigid it is so I can make...

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