This month the challenge is to look at another Italian embroidery style which is called Casalguidi. The Embroiderers Guild has featured this style in their magazine Stitch. Do take a look at its traditional form. This is a a highly textured form Italian pulled fabric embroidery worked traditionally on linen.
I have explored this stitch in more contemporary manner
I have directions on how to work Casalguidi stitch in my stitch dictionary. But it is not the stitch alone that makes it interesting. The design element that ties this style together and makes it interesting is a contrast of texture as usually the high relief work is set against pulled thread stitches. Without this high contrast it just looks like a grub on your fabric.
Lots of stitches can be used in conjunctions with this type of embroidery such as raised stem stitch, Woven Picots, Buttonhole Bars and dare I say but the stitch we had in February trellis stitch goes very well too!
Traditionally this style of embroidery was worked on linen but today embroidery can be pushed in different directions by using different fabrics and there are numerous interesting threads which can be used. Pearl cottons, Rayon and Metallic threads all have qualities that make this style ripe for reinterpretation and possible revival. As long as the thread is capable of creating structure it is suitable. Perle is ideal but I have often wanted to put aside some time and explore using some of the novelty knitting yarns with this style.
Take a look a the work of Janet M Davis as she has created many pieces of contemporary Casalguidi. Effie Mitrofanis has written a very good book on this interesting style of embroidery. It is called Casalguidi Style Linen Embroidery
If you need to use pulled and drawn stitches there is a primer and general information here. Also online is this lesson in pulled work . This tutorial was published on stitchin fingers Also see Part I – Drawn Thread Embroidery by Therese Dillmont (PDF) and Part II – Drawn Thread Embroidery by Therese Dillmont (PDF) which are free books supplied by the Antique Pattern Library
Have fun with this months challenge. I have established a Flickr group for those who want to use it. The name is Stitchexplorer
How to participate in the stitch explorer challenge
Stitch some samples that push this embroidery style
Blog it or put images somewhere online where people can see them. If you use flickr send them to the Stitchexplorer group
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