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

martedì 17 dicembre 2013

17th C. Queen Butterfly Little Cushion

The inspiration for this little cushion came after seeing a wonderful panel embroidered in queen and tent stitch at the Metropolitan Museum you can see here:
then I decided to reproduce a fragment, the little butterfly located in the lower left part near the deer.
Here is the final result: it's stitched on 35ct Northern Cross linen using Piper's silks in historical colours. The interlaced metal stitches where made using an extra fine gilt passing on silk (7S by Leoni-Felisi ) and the cushion is backed with a dark green silk velvet handyed by me surrounded by a 5 finger loop braid. The little tassels are made covering a 6mm wooden round beads with Turk's head knot then attached to a little piece of braid.
I have learned a lot from this little project, size is only 8,5X8,5 cm,specially about how finish it and the tassels have been a real trouble and needed a lot of patience but I think it worth every minute I spent on it !
Today is an happy day because I was so long without a finish and I hope you will like it too !

In the sun light !

A special thanks goes to my dear friend and great embroiderer Claudia Brilli Cattarini-CBC Needlepoint - for her suggestions and encouragement.