May 15, 2011
The history of bargello is attributed to a diva.
A Hungarian Princess is one of the people credited with the invention of the bargello technique.
The bride of a Medici, she brought this work with her to Florence in the 15th century and employed it
to cover the chairs now in the old Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy.
The chairs have a stunning “flame stitch” pattern, worked in wool on canvas.
Undoubtedly she was inspired by her environment.
In the 18th century beautiful flame stitch
pocket books were common.
Twisted bargello further expanded the art form.
Sunday we celebrated Eileen Wright’s contribution to the history of bargello,
with her patterns and book,
and classes that have inspired her students, including Laurie ( Island Sunset)
Judy (Infinity Bargello),
Pat (Infinity Bargello),
Kathie (Surf Song Bargello),
and Jeannine (Island Sunset) . Such incredible designs! The quilts will be on display until May 18th.
Sunday May 8th Eileen debuted the Misty Morning quilt, the beginning to her second book.
Marilyn shared her “tester” variation,
as did Mary Ann.
We have the pattern and you can try it out too!
We will TRY and be patient as Eileen designs more quilts , at least she has some version of CAD to help!
Digital bargello, aka computer assisted bargello,
has been explored by Canadian Marge Coahran in her 2005 University of Toronto thesis.
Computer programs create bargello entirely out of light!
In the hands and heart of an art quilter bargello transforms again.
Hand dyed and screen printed cotton sateen, become sea-lily on an ancient sea bed, enclosed forever within fossilized bands of rock strata.
New Zealand designer Ruth Blanchet
offers three internet classes at Quilt University.
Or of course you can begin with a runner by Eileen. :)