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 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

lunedì 16 gennaio 2012

A Victorian frame for Morris project

Morris project has now a new frame, have found it from an antique store on Ebay and comes directly from England.
Love the "taste" of the old things and the idea that another stitcher in the past was sitting in front of it working on her project.....

Mine is still a long way to go !

Raised embroidery progress

Sun an clouds are nearly completed, only the right side little cloud is still on the way.

I started padding all with beige felt, then I couched the Japanese gilt thread for the body of the sun.

The rays are made with gilt whipped plate. A pearl purl surround completes all.

The left cloud was made using single Brussel stitch needlelace.

The other clouds where made with cotton/linen slub thread from Stef Francis using natural colour and an overdyed one; about the overdyed I have used part of it cutting pieces of thread that where right in colour and not the entire strand.

Then I have surrounded the clouds with DMC Desirè memory thread; it's a nice stuff made of a thin copper core wire wrapped with a coloured thread, this was colour 6030.
I still not have found the right gimp thread made of silk that are the correct historical material for this kind of embroidery, the one I have bought from Texere yarns is too thick and uneven.
I decided that don't want to become crazy trying to find all the exact materials used in the old times but I want to learn the tecniques and most important....have fun !
I'm trying to do my best about this but must not be an obsession, don't you think so ?

mercoledì 11 gennaio 2012

Life is...

Life is .....what happens meanwhile you are making other projects, isn't this true ?
In my case I was planning to have a quiet period dedicated to my job, family and embroidery and....I had the three last months full of things that I could never imagine; mother in law ill and then passed, my old mother changed her home, an insane man stalked me and my husband, something else ? these are only few words but has been a really complicate and difficult moment... gone !
Seems we all are back to a normal life, so I'm here again writing on Blog, have worked a little on my projects and will post soon some pictures.
Hope that the new year will be for all us a good year !
Hugs !!