Bargello Valentine's Day Heart: Free Cross-Stitch Pattern

Updated on January 30, 2018
Free Bargello Cross Stitch Valentine's Heart Pattern
Free Bargello Cross Stitch Valentine's Heart Pattern | Source

How to Crochet a Bargello-Patterned Heart

Bargello is a beautifully elegant pattern and ideal for the third and final pattern in this romantic set of cross-stitch hearts for Valentine's day.

This pattern is quick and easy to follow and the short list of materials makes it an attractive yet affordable handmade gift for someone you love.

Beautiful by itself or as a set with the other two designs (see below), this heart in various shades of red would make a lovely seasonal decoration.

You could even experiment with different colour combinations to create a wall decoration for different times of the year. How about using red, green, gold and blue for a Christmas theme?

What You'll Need

  • Stranded cotton in dark red (DMC #814), bright red (DMC #321), pale red (DMC #3721) and White (DMC #B5200)
  • White 18 count Aida fabric, approximately 7x7"
  • Cross stitch sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Frame with a 4x4" aperture (optional)

Bargello heart cross stitch chart
Bargello heart cross stitch chart | Source

Cross-Stitch Key

Dark red
814 (2 strands)
Bright red
321 (2 strands)
Pale red
3721 (2 strands)
Reddish white
3721 (1 strand) + B5200 (1 strand)
Backstitch Outline
Dark red
814 (1 strand)

What Is Bargello?

Bargello is traditionally a pattern created using long stitches, and it is likened to flames with an elongated zig-zag. Because of the use of long stitches, bargello is quick to put together, making it a popular pattern choice for large areas such as seat covers and wall hangings. There are limitless variations of bargello, using different widths between peaks and colour variations. So while the pattern is technically very simple and mathematical, it can be customized to your needs.

The pattern given here is an interpretation based on the finished effect of bargello, but it uses whole cross-stitches to create each line rather than the original long stitch.

Bargello has several other names including:

  • flame stitch
  • Florentine stitch
  • Byzantine work
  • Hungarian point

A Brief History Of Bargello

The name for this particular type of embroidery originated from chairs found in the Bargello Palace, Florence. The technique was used on the seat cushions. The pattern experienced a huge revival in the 1970s, but the earliest known uses of the stitch actually date back to the 15th century.

The original works of Bargello traditionally used woolen threads on a sturdy canvas, especially because it was mainly used for soft furnishing and needed to be durable. Today, the Bargello stitch is created using a wide variety of threads on fine and sturdy canvases alike. One of the most popular threads today for this stitch is Perle cotton, which has a beautiful silky sheen.

Bargello stitch has always usually been a vertical pattern, but needle-workers today have experimented with different directions.

Free Valentine's heart cross stitch patterns
Free Valentine's heart cross stitch patterns | Source

Cross-Stitch Valentine's Day Hearts

This bargello heart pattern is the third in a series of free cross-stitch patterns for Valentine's day. The full set includes:

I created these designs myself. Please feel free to share the link to this page, but do not reproduce or sell the pattern in any way. If you have ever worked Bargello or have used the pattern above, please do tell us about it below and leave a comment!

© 2013 Karen Creftor


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      Marie White 2 weeks ago

      Lovely heart designs! The Bargello one is my favourite. Thank you so much for your free patterns. I appreciate your time and expertise.

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      Karen Creftor 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      Hi Linda,

      thanks for your comment. Traditionally bargello was done in long stitch, particularly with tapestry yarn. This design is actually cross stitch though inspired by the 'flame' patterns of bargello.

      I have tried the traditional method before and love it!

      ~Kaz x

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      Linda 4 years ago


      I'm enjoying your site .. I have a question ... Have you done actual bargello on aida cloth with embroidery floss ? Curious

      Thanks !!


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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I did a lot of this when I worked at Colonial Williamsburg. I simply called it flame stitch because that was a popular 18th century name for it, but it's the same idea. I love the patterns and the way fully embroidered fabric feels! I hadn't really thought about Bargello in years. I did mine as counted stitch, but not cross stitch, because (once again) it was more period approriate. It's cool looking, though, no matter which way it is done!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Wish I knew how to do cross stitch; there are some beautiful designs and patterns using that skill. Maybe I can get up my nerve and buy a kit to get started.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      So cute. I do love them. I want to make this for next Christmas since I love to cross stitch. Thanks. Tweeting!

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      Karen Creftor 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Thanks Purl :D I'm glad you've enjoyed them!

      I see you're extremely creative, so it's an even bigger compliment to me that you like these.

      Please come back and let us know if you give the patterns a try.

      ~Kaz x

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      Donna Herron 5 years ago from USA

      Although I love all of your hearts, this is definitely my favorite design! Voted up and pinned :)