I want to show you some exquisite Casalguidi Embroideries.
Years ago Ivana Palomba (we talked about her and her thesis on Carolina Amari in a previous post) gave courses on the embroideries of the Prato Textile Museum. Ivana taught the didactic part and a friend of hers, Gabriella Mantellassi, taught the technical part.
Ivana tells me that Gabriella is a true master of this technique and has a great passion for embroidery and lace. I had the good fortune to meet Gabriella at the 2011 Italia Invita Forum in Parma, Italy and can easily agree that Gabriella is a very talented lady.
Ivana has shared (with permission) some photos of Gabriella's Casalguidi Embroideries.
|An intricate Casalguidi Embroidery table centre with traditional motifs.|
|A Casalguidi Embroidery cushion with the addition of some lovely drawn thread work top and bottom.|
|A cushion "sampler" with lots of different motifs, characteristic of Casalguidi Embroidery - notice the tassels!|
|Creative application of Casalguidi Embroidery on a lampshade.|
The Prato Museo del Tessuto offers many textile-related activities and has long been on my list of places I must visit. Check out their website which has both English and Italian text.
Thank you Ivana for sharing the pics and to Gabriella for the permission to publish them!