Dry as dust or your cup of tea?
I love many kinds of old books. I’ve just seen some old embroidery books on line that are a delight. Many thanks to Jeanine on the EGA list for pointing to this Italian site. Click the flags for various translations.
Their old book section has some new treasures. These are concerning cut work and shadow work. Shadow work is about 125 pages. Don’t give up on this book too quickly by about page 60 you will see incredible needlework flying by your eyes.
And do you like hem stitching? There is a wonderful display of various types of removed fabric thread embroideries with the hem stitch. I hope I’m saying that understandably.
There was another book on Palistrina embroidery that I enjoyed looking at. For that one in particular I wished that I could pick up more of the text than my high school Latin allows. But there are lots of pictures of the work. And the work is wonderful.
I’m so thankful these are recorded and preserved for us today. I’ve been having a feast.
Perhaps tomorrow I will be content to post some of my samples but to day — no. I give place to these excellent needleworkers of other day. Please do consider taking time out to look if you have not already visited this needlework site. They have many other things of interest. I’ve not half explored all of what they have myself.