BRUTALIST (BARGHELLO)

Hardcore needleworkers take note: these vibrant and large stitch patterns might just be your biggest challenge yet - at an average of around 40,000 stitches, no less. 

 

These patterns blend freeform barghello embroidery with the massive shapes of Brutalist architecture, as well as the patterns of Vorticism, and WWI "Dazzle" designs for battleships - so that whilst the buildings are the most important part of  the picture, they nevertheless appear to "blend into the background", to some degree.

 

How you as the needleworker, interpret the design charts, is up to you, due to the fact that the patterns are less predictable than with traditional barghello. So, for example, if you've only got one or more isolated stitches making something of a scatter pattern, you could for example, use 1 cross stitch or needlepoint stitch or other decorative stitch - or, if you're working over more stitches, a barghello stitch covering 2 or more stitches, and worked in any direction of your choosing. So, there's some sort of latitude available to you, insofar as interpretation goes -  personally, I like people to bring a bit of themselves to the table, with however they choose to express themselves. For me, I'm never too proscriptive where Art is concerned. 

I sell my stitch patterns through Etsy here. These are downloadable digital files only, and are not inclusive of threads or canvas. I do, however, provide an estimate of the canvas size in terms of stitch units, with an estimate of usage for each colour. You are welcome to email me with questions at christinacrimari@gmail.com

BRUTALIST 1