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Tea Collection: eight new designs!

We have been quiet for a while, but we are pleased to announce that we are back with a new wonderful collection!

If you follow our Facebook page you probably remember the “Winter Tea” cross stitch chart designed by Valentina Sardu, featured last year in the Lakeside Needlecraft Winter Cross Stitch book.

Now it is finally available through our webshop, together with other seven delightful embroidery patterns, collected in three PDF files, and inspired by seasonal teas and infusions, botanical art, and antique doilies.

A Tea for Each Season, one of the three titles in the new Tea Collection, includes four easy cross stitch and blackwork charts, suitable also for beginners especially when stitched on a 25 or a 28 count evenweave fabric. Each pattern is 60×60 stitches and can be used to embellish any tea-time accessory, such as a tea-cosy, a table runner, napkins, coasters, or invitation cards.

The other two titles in the collection, available as always in digital download, are two sets of botanical cross stitch designs, enhanced in the background by white elegant laces worked in Holbein stitch.
In the first set you will find the common Tea plant (Camellia sinensis), and the Rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis), better known as African red tea; in the second you will find the hibiscus tea plant, or Karkade (Hibiscus sabdariffa), and the South American Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis).
The delicate and intricate geometry of the white doilies, together with the brilliant colours of the plants, will stand out on linen fabric, natural or, why not, hand dyed with tea leaves.

We hope you will enjoy stitching them!

Introducing a new title in the Vintage Cross Stitch series

Our beloved book series, Vintage Cross Stitch, returns this month with a new title: Vintage Cross Stitch Flowers

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).

Discover all the titles in the Vintage Cross Stitch series!

 

The World of Cross Stitching issue 231

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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


 

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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.

 

 

 

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.

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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:

www.ricamidivini.it