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About Bargello and Needlepoint Canvas Work (Summer)

Learn the art of beautiful bargello and needlepoint embroidery in this new course. You will be introduced to the bargello stitch and use colour theory to create your own beautiful wave-like designs. Taught by professional stitch artist and author Tina Francis.

What will you learn on this course?

Bargello needlepoint is an ancient embroidery technique that is said to have originated in Renaissance Florence. In recent years it has seen a revival, artists and craftspeople are excited by the possibilities of form and the wonderful vibrant colours and hues that can be created through a simple stitch.

During this course you will learn bargello and other needlepoint stitches alongside exciting methods to create new and unique designs. You will build a stitch sample library to continue with the craft.

The tutor will introduce you to colour wheel theory to help you create exciting colour combinations.

  • Techniques
  • Stitches to build a sample library
  • How to display your work
  • Sustainable approaches to stitch work
  • Yarns and how to use them
  • 3d vessels and cubes
  • Designing your own patterns

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to all levels.

Bargello needlepoint requires dexterity in your hands. A support worker or carer may assist if you need additional help, carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific accessibility needs.

We will be using pure wool in many of the samples, if you would prefer synthetic yarn please get in touch before the course starts.

Do you need to bring anything?

As we will be building a sample library of stitches you might want to invest in a ring binder or scrap book to house them. Tina will have examples at the first session.

Are there any additional costs?

We will provide a basic bargello needlepoint kit at the beginning of term (needles, canvas and yarn) for you to begin your stitching sessions. The course is held in MAC’s dedicated textile studio and we will provide scissors and other textile materials you may wish to incorporate in your designs.

Moving on to larger designs you will need to purchase additional canvas and yarn. This will be available at MAC via the tutor.

You are welcome to bring along your own yarns and equipment as you develop and deepen your practice but for the first few sessions it will be more economical to use those provided at MAC.

Who teachers this course?

Tina Francis

Dates and times

  • April – July