Booklist August 2020
The centuries-old bargello embroidery technique—popularized in the 1960s for its kaleidoscopic patterns, meditative rhythm, and psychedelic colors—gets a twenty first–century refresh in this all-in-one guide that introduces the craft and leads readers through 15 projects with varying degrees of difficulty. Bargello uses thicker yarn, larger needles, and stiffer backing than traditional embroidery, which, Francis points out, makes this an ideal needlecraft from an accessibility standpoint. Francis writes with authority when explaining stitch patterns, color theory, and material selection, all while maintaining a conversational tone. Pattern explanations are similarly warm, and often include personal asides about the projects. The projects range in size from as small as a brooch to as large as a floor mat, and from the purely decorative to functional. Tips, charts, and bright, full-color photographs (with cheeky ’60s and ’70s flair as set dressing) work to make this an ideal place to start learning this needlecraft for the first time or as a refresher while returning back to a bygone pastime.
Postcard Reviews – July 2020
Bargello always beautiful and to me looks difficult to do, but once you know the process it is actually so much easier than you think.
Tina Francis brings Modern Bargello that you stitch. Her brightly coloured yarn projects are beautiful and can add a decorative and unique vibe to your home.
There are 15 projects to create, from bangles to boxes. the instructions are simple and clear and once you get the hang of it you will be designing your very own patterns and styles.
You will not need much to start your Bargello designs, just some yarn, canvas and a needle and you are all set to go.
I loved the authors comments at the start of each project, she gives you an insight how she came up with the design and offers encouragement. Each project has a finished size, so you can start small and work up.