12/20/10

the one with the Bargello pillows


I haven't been thrifting a lot these days; finding any shopping during the holiday season to be insurmountably exhausting. However, today was the day I mailed off all of my Christmas cards (and a Secret Santa parcel to an unsuspecting recipient!) and since the Sally Ann is pretty close to my postal outlet I decided to pop in.

I left with the above book - Bargello an Explosion in Color.
I squealed in delight upon seeing it; set askew on the shelf looking discarded & unwanted.
But I wanted it! Oh yes! The colour! The pattern!
But most of all, I wanted it because my grandmother was a Bargello artisan. I have 2 of her Bargello pillows, as seen in the photo above. To be honest, I never knew the handicraft was called Bargello... such an odd term, don't you think? Anyways, when I saw this book, circa early 1970s, I knew I had to have it. I also knew I had to actually attempt making myself a Bargello print pillow. And now I have a how-to book to teach me the ins & outs (we'll see how far I get, as I am easily distracted whilst crafting, hence the fact I have mastered no one craft)!



The above pattern is the one I want to do ... but it seems quite advanced (i.e. scary).


Oh, Bargello. You will be mine. Oh yes, you will be mine.
~Caren

5 comments:

  1. Oh I can not express how insanely jealous I am right now! That book looks amazing! Love the colours, the patterns. Just added to my (long) list of must learn crafts...

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  2. Oh wow, this totally appeals to my love of crafting with organisation! I really want to try this too, those pillows are beautiful. There's so many different kinds of needlework out there!

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  3. oh to have a peek through that book, and those pillows are beautiful! thanks for introducing me to another art form i didn't know about.

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