The book, curated by Valentina Sardu, features wonderful full-color illustrations: 60 tables in large format, 410 x 290 mm, with over 90 cross stitch floral motifs, retraced from original charts published during the Nineteenth century and at the beginning of the Twentieth century.
Here you can see some of the antique charts used for this project…
Take a look at the video preview (watch in HD for a better resolution):
One of the patterns, a gorgeous cushion with poppies, has been also featured on the cover of the Italian magazine RicAmare (June 2017).
The World of Cross Stitching issue 231, out today in the UK, contains an exclusive blackwork and cross stitch project titled “Blackwork Hummingbird”, designed by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Press.
Our little hummingbird is also featured on the front cover of the magazine.
In addition, on page 76 you will find a wonderful interview to our designer, Valentina Sardu.
Don’t miss it!
UPDATE – March 2016
The design is now available as a single chart in digital download, here: Hummingbird
Hummingbird project in blackwork and cross stitch, designed by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Press. Images (C) The World of Cross Stitching, Immediate Media Co. Find the design in the latest issue, The World of Cross Stitching issue 231, on sale now. See www.cross-stitching.com for more details.
On 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…
The chart will be available worldwide, in PDF format, after the exhibit.
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.
It’s so simple and quick that you can easily complete it in a weekend!
Our model was stitched using Aurifil Lana wool threads on 11 count wool Aida fabric, to make a really cosy hot-water bottle cover, but if you prefer you can also use the common cotton floss and a higher count evenweave fabric.
(The motif would also look lovely on a Christmas card if stitched on a 28 or 32 count fabric)