Sunday, 19 June 2016

Casalguidi

Back last month, or the month before maybe, wonderful mum and I went to another embroidery workshop at The Living Threads group.  This was a Casalguidi class.  This article for Mary Corbet at Needle 'n Thread explains a bit about it and has a tutorial for the raised bands.

We started with a piece of white linen and some white Perle cotton in sizes 8 and 5.  It was to be a needle case or a small bag which is why I've only stitched on half of it.  We started with four-sided stitch to make a border.


Then added in a grid of four-sided stitch in the centre.  No Blogger, I have not spelled centre wrong, when will you learn that I am English!


Then we started the raised band.  We used some random threads that the wonderful teacher (alas, I don't remember her name) gave us and couched them down in a rough circle on top of the grid.


Then we did a close satin stitch in the perle 8 all the way round.


This was overlaid with supposedly-evenly-spaced stitches which we would use to form the stem-stitch on top.


Below I have done 2 rows of stem stitch, I will keep going until the circle is full up.


Honestly, I will.  I just need to get some other bits and pieces started finished first...  There is more to this in the form of bullion knots (my firsts ever!) and needlewoven picots, but I do need a bit more practice before I add any of those to this piece.

We also made a button using just thread and bullion knots.... no idea where the photos went though I gave the finished button to mum as she declared she wasn't making one!

Keep your eyes peeled for this finished piece in, oh, say 2 or 3 years?

13 comments:

Kerryp77 said...

That's lovely, all these classes you do facinate me. Looking forward to seeing the update in a couple of years!!

Cath said...

You've made a good start. Will look fantastic when it's done :-)

Rachel said...

It will look delightful when it's finished.

Christine Barnsley said...

It looks beautiful so far Wendy.... will look forward to seeing more on this! Hope you have some sunshine this weekend! Christine x

claire93 said...

oh you are brave ^^
you wouldn't get me trying any of these needlecraft skills. I tried Trapunto one and hated it ^^

Jane Galley said...

Oh, I like the look of this one, what an interesting project to do. You'll enjoy doing the bullion knots

margaret said...

love the technique so look forward to seeing it completed, have you got any books on it I have Casalguidi Style by Effie Mitrofanis whic a very contemporary viewh is excellent and also Janet Davies Casalguidi

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Your embroidery looks interesting, you have to finish this one soon so you don't keep us in suspense too long! With you on the spelling, WordPress is the same!

D1-D2 said...

Very nice. I should work on my casaguildi piece as well...

aslightobsessionwithbooks said...

I haven't seen anything like this before. It looks really interesting, and quite lovely. I shall look forward to seeing the finished piece.

Sarah in Stitches said...

It looks so pretty! I can't wait to see the finished piece in 2 or 3 years :D

Sandra :) said...

Oh I can't wait to see how that raised circle progresses - that is a cool (feature? embellishment? stitch? design?)!

underatopazsky said...

Can completely identify with that 2-3 years thing!!