Valentina Sardu’s blackwork embroidery on the cover of RicAmare magazine

RicAmare - March 2016. The chart for the Amaryllis design is currently available exclusively in this month's issue of the magazine

RicAmare – March 2016


We are pleased and proud to see the new blackwork design by Valentina Sardu, “Amaryllis”, featured in the March issue of the Italian magazine RicAmare.

The original model, stitched personally by Valentina, will be on display from 3rd to 6th March 2016 at the Creattiva craft fair in Bergamo, Italy, at the stand of the magazine’s publishing company (Edizioni Femminili, stand 64, pavilion B). For more details about this event, visit: http://www.fieracreattiva.it/bergamo-creattiva/en/

UPDATE – January 2017

The design is now available as a single chart in digital download, here: Amaryllis

Ricami diVini 2015: embroideries and wines in the hills of Monferrato, Italy

Ricami Divini Rosignano MonferratoOn the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of May 2015, the town of Rosignano Monferrato in Piedmont, Italy, will host an interesting exhibition of needlework: Ricami diVini. Protagonists of the event will be, of course, the embroideries, but also the internationally renowned wines produced in these valleys, including Barbera, Grignolino, Cortese and Freisa.
The Monferrato hills, together with Langhe and Roero, have recently been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, for their typical tuff cellars (infernot) and vineyards. In this wonderful location, Ricami diVini will feature the works of famous Italian and French needlework designers.

We will be there too, and will present a new pattern designed for this occasion: “Sparrows and grapes“.
Here is a preview…

Sparrows and grapes - Ajisai Designs

The chart will be available worldwide, in PDF format, after the exhibit.

Locandina RICAMI 2015 ridottoRICAMI DiVINI
Rosignano Monferrato (AL), Italy

Dates and schedule:

  • Saturday 23rd May 2015: needlework exhibition from 16.30 to 19.00 (Teatro Ideal, free entrance)
  • Sunday 24th May 2015: needlework exhibition from 9.00 to 19.00 (Teatro Ideal, free entrance)
    During the whole day: free wine tastings, traditional dances, guided tours through the infernot cellars and the historical and natural beauties of the area.

For more info, visit the official blog:



FILI MAGICI – 4th Edition

FILI MAGICI 4TH EDITIONThis month will be held the fourth edition of Fili Magici, an extraordinary needlework exhibition in the Renaissance Della Rovere Castle in Vinovo, near Turin (Italy).


Photo credit: Rik.gangi

For three consecutive days, from 23rd to 25th May, 64 Italian and French exhibitors will show more than fifty techniques of embroidery and lace. You will have the chance to admire authentic masterpieces and purchase books, kits, patterns, fabrics and threads.

Our designer Valentina Sardu will also be present with her exclusive and original blackwork embroideries, so if you are in Italy that weekend, don’t miss this fabulous event!

castello della rovere fili magici

Vinovo (TO), Italy: Castello della Rovere, Sala Don Gerardo, Ala Comunale

Dates and schedule: from 23/05/2014 to 25/05/2014
Friday 23rd May 2014: from 14.30 to 19.30
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May 2014: from 9.30 to 19.00

Entrance: 5,00 Euros (free for children under 15)

Gisella Tamagno