Annie's Needlecraft Arts Festival!

Dec. 3-7, 2015

Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg, Va.


Jean: An Italian Capodimonte Pincushion Doll

Instructor: Giulia Manfredini
UPDATE: Class is Full -- Wait List Available

Class Details
Jean: An Italian Capodimonte Pincushion Doll Jean: An Italian Capodimonte Pincushion Doll Jean: An Italian Capodimonte Pincushion Doll

The tradition of Capodimonte porcelains dates back to 1743 when the royal factory was established in Naples, Italy by King Charles VII. This tradition was continued in the following centuries and still endures today thanks to the creativity of the Neapolitan artists. During the second half of the 19th century, the first handicraft factories were created. These were all family-managed, and this beautiful half-doll was created by a well-known company in Naples. Capodimonte porcelains are famous for the beautiful molded figurines and decorative modelled flowers applied to cups and vases.

This class’s unique model features a beautiful, handmade Capodimonte porcelain half-doll, 3 1/2 inches tall from its waist. Each half-doll is unique, with detailed facial features, a beautiful rose garland around the head and tiny fingers open over the hands.

In this class, the skirt, stole and purse for this doll will be stitched with silk threads and ribbons matching the colors of the bodice and rose garland. The kit will include the doll as well as all stitching and finishing materials.

The stitches used include cross stitch, backstitch, drawn threadwork, spiderweb stitch, satin stitch and zig-zag ribbon-gathering stitch. Stitching and finishing instructions as well as information about the historical background of the model will be included.

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