Have you heard of Bargello? It's a a needlework technique dating back to Florence in the 1600s (it's also known as Florentine embroidery). It saw a massive revival in the 1960s and 70s, where the trend saw this stitching on clothes, interiors, tablecloths and bed linens. Groovy! In the last couple of years it's seen a revival. If you want to have a go at this addictive craft, Nerissa Pratt has just released a beautiful book, called Bargello, which will teach you all you need to know to get started.

I've been sent a copy of the book to review. The first thing I was drawn to is the gorgeous, fresh palette Nerissa uses. The book assumes you are a complete beginner and takes you through all the steps to get started. The good news is that you don't need many supplies - some tapestry wool, a needle, plastic canvas or tapestry canvas will get you well on your way. There are 17 lovely projects to choose from but I would say that this is more than just a project book - Nerissa also covers the importance of swatching, how to choose colours and designing your own patterns.



There are no bell bottom flares or embroidered waistcoats in this book! All the projects make useful, practical and beautiful items, like bags, cushions and wall hangings. There are also some inspiring upcycling projects that are definitely on my list to make.

We have a copy of this lovely book to give away - just leave a comment below or on our Instagram post about the book, before 29th November 2021, when we will draw winner at random and will announce it on our Instagram page on 30th November. Good luck, groovy friends!

All but first image are taken from Bargello by Nerrisa Pratt (£15, Quardrille), photography by Sarah Hogan.

November 23, 2021 — cloudcraftshop Admin


Bodine said:

My friend told me about bargello when we went to the Knitting & Stitching show together last month and unfortunately, Nerissa wasn’t there anymore the Sunday we went. Would’ve loved to see her work in person! This is something I want to try next year :)

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