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Free Bargello Cross Stitch Valentine's Heart Pattern
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Bargello is a beautifully elegant pattern and ideal for the third and final pattern in this romantic set of cross-stitch hearts for Valentine's day.
This pattern is quick and easy to follow and the short list of materials makes it an attractive yet affordable handmade gift for someone you love.
Beautiful by itself or as a set with the other two designs (see below), this heart in various shades of red would make a lovely seasonal decoration.
You could even experiment with different colour combinations to create a wall decoration for different times of the year. How about using red, green, gold and blue for a Christmas theme?
Cross Stitch Supplies
To complete this project you will need the following tools and materials:
- Stranded cotton in dark red (DMC #814), bright red (DMC #321), pale red (DMC #3721) and White (DMC #B5200)
- White 18 count Aida fabric, approximately 7x7"
- Cross stitch sewing needle
- Frame with a 4x4" aperture (optional)
Cross Stitch Key
814 (2 strands)
321 (2 strands)
3721 (2 strands)
3721 (1 strand) + B5200 (1 strand)
814 (1 strand)
What Is Bargello?
Bargello is traditionally a pattern created using long stitch and it is likened to flames with an elongated zig-zag.
Because of the use of long stitches, bargello is quick to stitch and this makes it a popular choice of pattern for large areas such as seat covers and hangings for beds and walls.
There are limitless variations of bargello, using different widths between peaks and colour variations. So while the pattern is technically very simple and mathmatical, it can be customised into a unique design for your needs.
The pattern given here is an interpretation based on the finished effect of bargello, but uses whole cross-stitches to create each line rather than the original long stitch.
Bargello has several other names including; flame stitch, florentine stitch, byzantine work and hungarian point.
A Brief History Of Bargello
The name for this particular type of embroidery originates from chairs found in the Bargello Palace, Florence which used this technique on the seat cushions.
Bargello had a huge revival in the 1970s, but the earliest known uses of the stitch actually date back to the 15th century.
The original works of Bargello traditionally used woolen threads on a sturdy canvas~ particularly as it was mainly used for soft furnishing so would need to be durable. Today the bargello stitch is created using a wide variety of threads on fine and sturdy canvases alike. One of the most popular threads today for this stitch is perle cotton, which has a beautiful silky sheen.
Bargello stitch has always usually been a vertical pattern, but needle-workers today have experimented with different directions. Now you can see examples that are worked horizontally and even in four different directions, to meet in the centre and create a mitred, symmetrical look.
Bargello Palace, Florence, Italy
Cross-Stitch Valentine's Hearts
This bargello heart pattern is the third in a series of free cross-stitch patterns for Valentine's day. The full set includes:
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If you have ever worked Bargello or have used the pattern above, please do tell us about it below and leave a comment!