Monday, 5 November 2012

Bargello Crochet

This is Not Your Nana's Needlework!

All has been quiet on the blog for a while now. I wont bore you with too many details, but one of the reasons  behind this silence is that I have been dating! Yes, Dating!

After being single for over a year, I met a wonderful man.

He is an Author of Children's books. If you are curious, you can find his blog and his books here.

Anyway, the 1st of November marked the start of National Novel Writing Month  so DC is, for the majority of the month, going to be holed up in his sanctuary dementedly writing a book!

In the lead-up to this insanely optimistic challenge of stringing 50,000 words into coherent sentences with various characters and plausible (and often hilarious)  plot-lines; the creative outpouring of ideas is inevitable. It was during this time that I had the (possibly idiotic) idea of showing my support for his work by setting a goal of my own:

To develop 12 original crochet patterns during the month of November!

And so I started pouring over my Vintage (and one or 2 new) Needlework books and patterns, trying to find inspiration for something new.

I fawned all over the Bargello (sometimes called Florentine) embroidery patterns on canvas. The patterns are so beautiful and colourful.

I dreamt about them.

I woke up and the images of Bargello in CROCHET were still stuck in my head. So by hook or by crook, I was going to develop something new! Chevrons that were a combination of different heights and widths, that had a 'pixelated' look to them AND had great colour combinations.
Thank goodness I was a hairdresser for 13 years (with colour theory was in use constantly) before I got sick!

 And that I have 2 years worth of Technical Writing under my belt!

And Praise God/Allah/Buddah/Mars the Bar God that I have a fantastic team of pattern testers from all over the world, with differing levels of experience to check my work! They are amazingly patient, forgiving, helpful, excitable and fun to work with!

With the input of the lovely men and women who 'like' The Crochet Case on FaceBook, the 12 pattern series has quickly been converted into the challenge of creating an e-book; or 2 or 3!

You can find more sneak peeks of Bargello Crochet on my Facebook Page.

Until we meet again,

Happy Hooking!


  1. Congrats on finding a positive relationship. I've been single for quite some time after a bad heartbreak and always feel optimistic when I see others succeeding in dating.

    Also wanted to say that I think your personal designing goal is terrific!

    1. Thank you so much Kathryn!

      There is always hope when it comes to life and relationships. Sometimes it is just hard to find <3

  2. The patterns look amazing! What a lucky bloke!!

  3. I love your work, both the pattern and color combinations!!

  4. Hi...I just found your FB page and from there, this blog. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your bargello patterns shown here. I have always been very attracted to Bargello. I've wanted to do some Bargello in paper arts for a long time. That desire was re-awakened recently when my husband's niece came to visit us. She is a quilt artist and brought a square wall hanging she had quilted with the most gorgeous patterns and colors of reds, golds, and greens. If you wanted, you could say it was a Christmas piece, but it's too gorgeous to think of it being for only one season. It's the perfect size for us to place on our dining room table. We love it. I was wondering, is your pattern for the bargello available?

    Again, love your glad I found your FB page and this blog and I'll most definitely be coming back. :)

  5. oh wow! Thank you Kathy! Yes, the patterns are available for purchase here:

  6. Laura, I just purchased the Bargello ebook from Harbour Publishing and I'm really excited about getting started! I watched the introduction video last night from Bobwilson123, on YouTube and I'm printing out the book right now. I was really impressed with how in-depth and helpful you were on color choice. The Patterns are all beautifully written and a delight to my eyes! Big hugs and congratulations!

  7. Congrats on the new guy :-) And the bargello crochet is fantastic! Thanks for the eye candy (on both fronts) Hugs, Mary aka Yaya