Bobbie is an art historian, and she runs At Home Modern, a Philadephia business to help people create midcentury interiors. She also has an etsy shop — I neeeeeeed that Jensen Real Flame fireplace! Like me, she is has jumped without hesitation on to the bargello bandwagon.
When we purchased our mid-century home back in May 2010, I went on the search for pillows to complement our 1960’s house. I wanted pillows that felt vintage, but were new. Jonathan Adler was offering gorgeous Bargello pillows in amazing colors and patterns, but that they were priced out of my budget. I began to research bargello and was able to purchase a few vintage 1970’s bargello pattern books from a local needlepoint store and a few more online. Bargello is slowly starting to make a comeback, but I find that the newer publications don’t seem to embrace color and design the way the books from the 70’s did.I’m a pretty impatient gal, so I when I embarked on my first bargello project (the blue and orange Moroccan Windows pillow), I wasn’t even sure I would be able to finish it. However, I found the process to be easy, relatively quick and very rewarding. I was so proud of my handiwork that I was afraid to sew it into a pillow in fear or messing it up (I’m an amateur at the sewing maching), so I found a local upholsterer to sew them for me for $30 a piece.My advice would be to start with an easy pattern like flame stitch. Once you have the first row of stitches placed, you simply follow the pattern they’ve created. Once you are confident with that, you can try more complex patterns, like miters or custom patterns. Almost any image can be made into bargello. My husband wants a Space Invaders pillow next!Best,Bobbie