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Happy Stitching: A Bargello Spindle Bag

A treat for subscribers featuring handspun yarn in needlework

Spin Off Editorial Staff Apr 27, 2022 - 10 min read

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Soft sided spindle bag with handspun bargello stitching created by Linda M. Perry containing fiber from Kim Dyes Yarn and a drop spindle from Louet. All photos by Matt Graves

Linda M. Perry created two beautiful bargello spindle bags to accompany her article in the Spring 2022 issue of Spin Off —one rigid and one soft. Linda’s rigid bucket-style bag stitched in ocean blues graced the cover of the issue, but we are delighted to share Linda’s second design for free to current subscribers of Spin Off magazine. The bargello stitches are worked from bottom to top for each stitch across the rows of the canvas. There are loads of options for adapting this shape and design to make it your own. We hope you enjoy this bonus project! —Spin Off editorial team

Rounded Arches Spindle Bag

Linda M. Perry

There are many fun and useful projects to make with bargello needlepoint—pillows, chair seats, purses, book covers, pincushions—but the perfect project for a handspinner is a spindle bag.

Bargello stitching offers endless opportunities for experimenting with color, yarns, and patterns. I have chosen the traditional Rounded Arches pattern, but any pattern of your choice is fine. The needlepoint area to be worked is a rectangle, approximately 8 by 11 inches. Simple repeating shapes allow you to repeat contrasting colors for a more modern look, work in a gradient of colors (which spinners love), or work in a more monochromatic palette and explore different fibers. Editor’s note: Linda’s article, “Bargello: A Renaissance Art with a Twist,” in Spin Off Spring 2022 includes loads of pattern and color ideas.

Soft side bargello bar close up

Detailing of the arches pattern on Linda M. Perry’s soft sided spindle bag

Spinning Notes

Modern millspun needlepoint yarns (100% wool and often referred to as Persian yarn) are used for bargello because they provide good coverage, preventing the mesh canvas from showing through the work. These yarns have a firm twist, so they are durable. Typically, several plied yarns are loosely twisted, with each plied yarn referred to as a “ply” by many needleworkers. Two “plies” are ideal for normal mesh ranges.

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