A free bargello design for Christmas

This free bargello design will introduce you to the techniques of bargello needlepoint, which is also known as Florentine work.

It would make a wonderful Christmas card if put into an aperture card. You will find instructions for doing this on my handmade greetings cards page.

What will I need?

I stitched this design on 27 count Linda evenweave fabric, but you can also use an 18 count mono needlepoint canvas.

In addition to the canvas, and a needle, you will also need DMC embroidery floss in the following colors...

  • 500, 501, 502 and 503 (greens)
  • 930, 931, 932, 800 and 775 (blues)
  • DMC stranded metallic gold

Download the pattern to begin with, and print it out on a color printer.



About the design

This little Christmas bell design uses a traditional bargello needlepoint pattern known as trees.

I have used pine greens for the trees and blue for the sky beyond. Each tree is topped with a golden candle. The bell has a golden clanger and is hanging by a golden ribbon over a branch of a pine tree.

The green colours are used in order from darkest at the bottom of the tree. The sky is worked in the opposite direction with the darkest blue tone at the top of the bell.

How to stitch the free Bargello design

Each stitch is worked over 6 canvas or fabric threads using 4 strands of floss.

Visit the embroidery floss page for a video showing an easy way to separate the strands without getting in a tangle. By separating and then recombining the strands you will get a smoother stitch.

You may also like to try using a laying tool to improve the finished effect.

Step down/up one thread for each subsequent stitch.

Begin at the top with the dark green triangle (500), then by establishing the darkest blue (930) zigzag row. Leave spaces to add the gold stitches later. Change to the next lighter shade of blue (931) for the next row, missing out the green stitches of the treetops. Continue in this manner to the base of the bell.

Use more than one needle. Thread a different colour in each and "park" them out of the way when not in use. This saves a lot of rethreading!

I hope you have enjoyed stitching my free bargello design. Why not experiment with different colours and send me a photo of your results?

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