What is Bargello Embroidery?

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Bargello Embroidery consists of a simple straight stitch, normally worked upright or parallel to the threads of the canvas and are usually worked over the same number of squares on a piece of canvas.

The stitches are worked in a variety of colours and geometric style designs to create a bold, striking look in embroidery.

This type of embroidery was a very popular craft in the 60s/70s because it really resonated with the fashion styles of the time and made great homeware and fashion accessories.

There are various stitch arrangements in Bargello embroidery, which are known as other names such as Hungarian, Flame, Florentine and many more.

So where did the Bargello name come from? The name Bargello seems to have been linked to a certain type of pattern, which is on a set of antique chairs located in a museum in Florence. Prior to the building where they are located in a museum, it was a prison known as 'The Bargello' and then transformed into the museum in the mid-1800's. 

It's still not quite clear why the term Bargello was used for the embroidery but overall, Bargello was used a lot in various publications through out the 60s/70s and nowadays, it is the general term used for this style of embroidery since it appears to cover all the sub-names as mentioned above.

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