Saturday, July 11, 2009

Casalguidi & Lavender: Background completed


With the completion of the background, I have more or less completed lesson 1 of this EGA group correspondence course.
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Barbara M. Kershaw says that Casalguidi is a peasant embroidery. Apparently the peasants and villagers of Casalguidi,which is a village in North Central Italy, created this form of embroidery in order to imitate the laces that the rich people used, which they admired very much but just could not afford themselves.
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Fascinating to learn some of the reasons why some new techniques have been created by people. This was also a nice way for the women to increase their family's income.
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There is a very interesting book that I own which talks a little bit more about the history of Casalguidi. The book shows some wonderful pieces that have been done through the years and it also has some beautiful projects in it as well as how to make the different stitches. It is called Casalguidi Style Linen Embroidery by Effie Mitrofanis. You can find this book at many needlepoint stores and also at Amazon.
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Lesson 2 will be about adding a padded raised stem band. That should be interesting learning :-)
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Pierrette =^..^=

9 comments:

Terry said...

this is looking good and a great start and look forward to seeing the next part of the design

NCPat said...

Very nice! You have made great progress!

shakatak66 said...

What a wonderful start already - I'm loving watching your progress on this project, as this is in my stash pile for "one day" too ;)

Cyn said...

Hi Pierrette,

Very pretty and a great start!

You've also done a great job taking the picture so we can see the lace.

Cynthia
Windy Meadow

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Hi Terry,

It is always the background which is a little bit more boring in those kind of projects but in this case, I have actually enjoyed it.

Pierrette =^..^=

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Hi Pat,

It goes relatively quickly once you get the hang of it.

Pierrette =^..^=

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Anne,

This is a lovely project so hope you stitch yours too :-)

Pierrette =^..^=

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Cynthia,

Always try to take the best photos I can, but sometimes it is not easy :-(

Pierrette =^..^=

Juli said...

Pierrette - You got me motivated to start working on mine! Yesterday I sat down and finished the basting (on one side only) and started stitching the background. I agree, it is kind of fun.

Juli