La soffitta del tempo perduto...

....è là , nella mente e nel sogno, dove è possibile recuperare le speranze e le aspettative, dove volere è potere e tutto diviene possibile, dove la fantasia e la creatività non vengono strangolate dai ritmi di una vita frenetica ed il tempo scorre lentamente, dove la mente vola libera senza restrizioni, dove finalmente si è liberi di essere e ci si può rifugiare e prendere un respiro.

The attic of the lost time....is there, in the mind and dreams, where is possible to recover the hopes and the expectations, where what you want is what you can and everything becomes possible, where fantasy and creativity are not strangled from the rhythms of a phrenetic life and time flows slowly, where the mind flyes free with no restrictions, where finally one is free of being and can refuge in and take a breath.

The Pomegranate - PDF instructions available

The Pomegranate - PDF instructions available
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martedì 16 agosto 2016

Summer stitching.


Well, it's summer again..where time flyes ? I'm home  until the beginning of September so I've been able to do a bit more of "serious" embroidery, the stumpwork mirror is mounted on to a very large slate frame which is not handy and needs to be replaced every time I stop working on it to keep it safe from my cats who always seems to dedicate it a very special attention, sigh ! So having a bit more of time, the pear tree is finished ! My initial purpose for this summer was to finish the Elizabethan panel but could not resist to those tiny pears, leafs and details waiting to be attached so it came as first. Here is the result.

The bird tail has real feathers !

A side view to show the depth given by all the detached elements.


And here a detail on how I did the pears, the form of the fruit has been made by needle felting some wool, then I applyed on the finished form a coat of water based acrylic varnish to give it a bit more  body and to stop the fuzzing of the wool. Forms made this way makes the covering process easier because it's possible to start and stop threads into the form and also stitches does not slide on the surface being it a little rough.
Then those where covered in corded buttonhole with Au Ver  a Soie 100/3 silk thread  in various colours.


Now I think it's really time to give some attention to the Elizabethan panel...maybe I'll have another finish ? :)

venerdì 10 giugno 2016

Box top..finito !!

Can't believe I have another finish, canvas work runs so fast ! It's going to be a box top, still have to find the right size box to fit it in... stitched on Congress Cloth using Caron Watercolours and an "old friend" Devere filament silk for the ivory parts.
Already have another Florentine/Bargello piece on the way, just a couple of days and is going to be finished too.
Hope you like it ! :)



Update...mounted in to the box top surrounded by a silk covered passepartout !


venerdì 27 maggio 2016

Exploring..


Where time flyes ? Five months are gone fast and I have been trying to find something to embroider that doesn't make me so tired like stumpwork or historical in general, something easy and portable that I can bring with me at work too. So have been exploring a bit more in to the canvas work world, well I like it much more than what I tought ! It's an easy stitching, no extrafine threads and needles, nothing is stressing with canvas aaand...it's so quick ! So I have some little finishes plus another one nearly done: a biscornu, a scissors fob an angel and a Florentine/Bargello boxtop on the way.
I enjoyed working using so many different stitches, brilliant colours and various kinds of threads like cotton, rayon, silk and wool...
I know, it's not like historical or fine embroidery but when one needs a bit of relax this is going to be a good companion and the colours and little embellishments are a feast for the eyes.








Let's see if I'll be able to finish also the Elizabethan panel before the end of the year !

lunedì 18 gennaio 2016

Francesca Quaker Sampler after five years.


When I released the Quaker Sampler chart in 2010 I could have never imagined how many people all around the world will have decided to stich it also considering that is a such a long and time consuming work !
After five years, this chart is still very in use and the page where is possible to download it has been visited by....32609 !! people.What a number ! and what a satisfaction !
Here are just few pics of the so many different colourways that people have used to make their own special piece.
A big thanks goes to all this persons who have invested their time and patience to make it real !
As you all know, I'm now focused on different kinds of embroidery but still makes me proud to see all this samplers coming to life :)







venerdì 13 novembre 2015

The Pomegranate -some news

Many of you will propably remember this project that I did for the Needleprint "A Mirror to My Art" contest in 2012 winning the third prize.
It's size is about 10 cm wide and is  embroidered in silk and gold metal threads on silk Duchesse fabric with some raised parts.



I received many requests for The Pomegranate instructions so if you love it as I did and want to make, instructions are  now available.



You will receive by email a PDF file containing all you need to know to embroider this little treasure, text is in English, price is 30 €.
I will email the file to your Paypal address, if different please contact me at fvan@live.it

Click on the link to pay by Paypal    paypal.me/FrancescaVan/30EUR
(name on Paypal is Alfredo ...no worries is hubby)

Thank you for your interest !!

martedì 1 settembre 2015

Five years later.

Yes... five years are gone by since I started the Windrush Morris panel and seems me an enormous quantity of time maybe because so many things happened and also because my knowledge on embroidery is now very different from that time. I remember so well how hard has been planning for this work and in some moments I really didn't know where to start from...but not now. Now all is crystal clear and those years this has become a multi- tecnique project as involves traditional embroidery stitches, stumpwork, goldwork , appliquè and fabric painting. I can say time has done a good job in this case.
Is still very far to be completed  as have been working on the stumpwork Mirror, on the Elizabethan panel and on a  "secret" project so progresses are not huge, my free time is always limited,  but I can show you what I could get in the last two months. 
Hope you will love it as I still do after so long :) :)

The whole painting, one appliquè and just one of the detached stumpwork leafs.


In the afternoon light !





martedì 12 maggio 2015

Not far..

The Elizabethan panel is not far to be finished, haven't worked on it recently because I was taken by the Castle making...here how it is coming out, love the colours !!



domenica 3 maggio 2015

Roof tiles and how the castle was made.

The most gentle adjective I can use to describe the making of the roof tiles   is : tedious !
I started on last Saturday and finished on Sunday late afternoon, those nineteen tiles have drived me nut; tiles are so small, about 5 - 6 mm each and that repetive work was really slow and boring. At a certain point I was going to give up. One of the main problem was that sometimes the plans one makes are not what expected....I took the shape of the roof laying on it a piece of tracing paper and I draw over it  the shape of the tiles but for some reason, when the tiles where done those where not enought to cover the whole space and  two rows where still needed! Gosh ! I could not understand why this happened but so was. I stopped for a while and decided I could only go ahead and finish it.
I'm I happy with the result ? not 100% but for  no reason in the world I will re do it. And I still have the other roof to make....
So if you are planning to have a castle with roof tiles, you have been awarded ! :)
Tiles where made in detached needlelace on a separate hoop with a size 33 paper covered wire for the shape using  corded buttonhole stitch. Then stitched in place.



Rae - Reconstructed Fabulousness - asked me to see a close up photo and to know more about how it was made, so here you go:
A-B-C-D : corded detached buttonhole using four strands of Pipers silk, couched in place then stuffed with wool batting.
F: wool batting first covered with CBH; a second layer made with a variation of CBH was applied over and the window hole is keeped in shape with a 0.30 metal wire included in the stitching. A little piece of  Mica was placed in between. Thread used was four strands of Pipers silk.
G: same as F but the second layer was done in up and down buttonhole, thread Devere Yarns silk  size 18.
H: a metal pin was used then covered with flat silk thread, then a little flag made in CBH over 0.30 wire was couched on top.
I: long and short stitch in Soie Ovale, no padding.
L: CBH worked in round, always supported by a 0.30 metal wire. Columns made in CBH surrounded by silk gimp.
M- E : CBH in four strands Pipers silk,  over two layers of wool felt. Brick pattern made with a ticker thread stitched over.
N: Brick stitch in Soie Ovale over 35ct linen fabric, then stitched in place over one layer of wool felt.
O: trellis stitch using the back side in Soie Perlè, stitched in place over wool batting, all surrounded by drizzle stitch made with Soie Perlè and 40/3 Seta Reale (an old Italian brand of silk).
P: CBH supported by 0.30 metal wire then stitched in place, same for all the other doors.

Hope this can be useful...any questions ? Feel free to ask !
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