La soffitta del tempo perduto...

....è là , nella mente e nel sogno, dove è possibile recuperare le speranze e le aspettative, dove volere è potere e tutto diviene possibile, dove la fantasia e la creatività non vengono strangolate dai ritmi di una vita frenetica ed il tempo scorre lentamente, dove la mente vola libera senza restrizioni, dove finalmente si è liberi di essere e ci si può rifugiare e prendere un respiro.

The attic of the lost time....is there, in the mind and dreams, where is possible to recover the hopes and the expectations, where what you want is what you can and everything becomes possible, where fantasy and creativity are not strangled from the rhythms of a phrenetic life and time flows slowly, where the mind flyes free with no restrictions, where finally one is free of being and can refuge in and take a breath.

The Pomegranate - PDF instructions available

The Pomegranate - PDF instructions available
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martedì 26 settembre 2017

Royal Persian Blossom design - crewel embroidery


Have been thinking on this design from Talliaferro for long time because the colour range used in the model was not fully near to my own taste so finally decided to make some changes.
So the greys are now warm browns, the dull blues are here a more green toned blues and the yellows are still the same of the model.
In the making of long and short stitch as soft shading, have also added and extra shade to the blues and browns to achieve a better and smoother colour transition.
Here are my progresses so far...hope you like it !



lunedì 7 agosto 2017

Summer special


A special summer offer for The pomegranate Mirror instructions !
If you liked this project but for any reason where unsure about it, now is the time...
until the 31st of August you will have the opportunity to get the 16 pages PDF email instructions discounted at 18,00 € instead of 30,00 €.
It involves some goldwork, traditional and raised embroidery all in one and the use of some beautiful silk threads too; the instructions will allow you to make your own little treasure !
This project will look beautiful not only as a little mirror but also framed or into a window box lid.

Just click on the link to send a Paypal payment and I will send you the file to your account email :)




lunedì 10 luglio 2017

A finish !


I'm a busy bee this year and I have another  finish ! It's a counted canvas work design, Arabesque from Laura J. Perin.
It's my first counted canvas work and found it really interesting again for the use of many different threads that where new to me.
Could not resist to make some little changes to the original pattern, so the beads are gold plated ones as well as the twist cord embellishment and the Swarowsky crystal in the centre; also didn't stitch all the pink backround between the central square motif and the outer edge to make it "pop" a bit more and used Sandstone canvas colour instead of the Santa Fe green called for.
Love the result, do you ?



giovedì 6 luglio 2017

Work in progress.


In the last post I showed the citrons hand painted canvas I did after a Giovanna Garzoni artwork and, after any months here  it is, halfway done.
It's so funny to use so many different materials like metallics, silks, cottons, wool and beads. I love the texture that the various stitches create and the painting still showing under the stitches that gives a very nice tridimensional look to the whole thing.
I'm hoping to have it finished soon ! Hope you like it :)

Facebook users can also see a short video here:
https://www.facebook.com/francesca.van.5/videos/vb.100003758721018/1004319983036616/?type=3&theater







lunedì 13 marzo 2017

Ex umbris ad lucem.

Many months without blogging, life has been not gentle with me and my family recently that's the reason because have been "away" for a while.
All happened in October, my black October, and started with my 86 old Mom health problems as she lost all her capacity to be self-sufficient in a couple of hours due a cerebral ischaemia; I had to find very quickly a solution not being able to menage her in that condition and the only possibility was a nursing home for old persons, a hard decision to take as I was used to see her every day and help when needed. And in a short time also had to empty her home that was leasehold having to decide what to keep, very little,  and what not without having the possibility to ask her anything...all her things... it's terrible believe me !
Then just a week after, my brother in law passed due a heart attack, he was looking healty but obviously he wasn't and I let you imagine what a tragedy this has been for my sister, nieces and us.
And last but not least, on the following week my 21 old cat Holly passed too after 18 months fight against her sarcoma, still today I look around trying to find the missing fifth one....

Now after a couple of months I'm trying to have a normal life, have stitched too as this has been a real saver for my soul and mind; still doing some canvas work as this is the only tecnique where I don't need to think too much and find it easy and flowing.
The white house is a new project, the parrot and the Berlin sampler are two old friends, one finished and the other still in progress.

So "ex umbris ad lucem" is from Latin and means "from the shadows to the light", slowly...




P.S. This one is for the future, my version  after a Giovanna Garzoni artwork handpainted by me on needlepoint canvas.


sabato 3 settembre 2016

Summer ending.


Tomorrow will be my last summer holiday day  and this means that my time for stitching on the large mirror slate frame will be now very little. In my spare time at work I'm able to make only detached parts and, being the frame so big, I can't keep it in the middle of the room all time as who knows what cats can do when I'm away from home all day ! I did my best to finish another two elements, the snail and the green-blu tree.
Snail was fun to make, not so much was for the tree that is all long and short stitch in fine silk threads, worked reversed because I can't reach the top of the frame from the right direction.
This makes the stitching process slower as the floss is pulled away from the stitcher and one has a very different prospective so you don't really know how it looks like until you don't reverse the frame and look from the correct side. Anyway is done and think it looks ok, what do you think ? Here it is :


What's next ? I should put the word "end" to the Elizabethan panel, that small stuff is just never ending...only have two leafs and a lot of chain stitch in gold passing thread  that really don't like to do and spangles to be attached, but those are fun....will see if I'll get inspired :)
Have a lovely weekend and please leave a comment, love to hear from you  !





martedì 16 agosto 2016

Summer stitching.


Well, it's summer again..where time flyes ? I'm home  until the beginning of September so I've been able to do a bit more of "serious" embroidery, the stumpwork mirror is mounted on to a very large slate frame which is not handy and needs to be replaced every time I stop working on it to keep it safe from my cats who always seems to dedicate it a very special attention, sigh ! So having a bit more of time, the pear tree is finished ! My initial purpose for this summer was to finish the Elizabethan panel but could not resist to those tiny pears, leafs and details waiting to be attached so it came as first. Here is the result.

The bird tail has real feathers !

A side view to show the depth given by all the detached elements.


And here a detail on how I did the pears, the form of the fruit has been made by needle felting some wool, then I applyed on the finished form a coat of water based acrylic varnish to give it a bit more  body and to stop the fuzzing of the wool. Forms made this way makes the covering process easier because it's possible to start and stop threads into the form and also stitches does not slide on the surface being it a little rough.
Then those where covered in corded buttonhole with Au Ver  a Soie 100/3 silk thread  in various colours.


Now I think it's really time to give some attention to the Elizabethan panel...maybe I'll have another finish ? :)

venerdì 10 giugno 2016

Box top..finito !!

Can't believe I have another finish, canvas work runs so fast ! It's going to be a box top, still have to find the right size box to fit it in... stitched on Congress Cloth using Caron Watercolours and an "old friend" Devere filament silk for the ivory parts.
Already have another Florentine/Bargello piece on the way, just a couple of days and is going to be finished too.
Hope you like it ! :)



Update...mounted in to the box top surrounded by a silk covered passepartout !