Annie's Needlecraft Arts Festival!

Dec. 4-8, 2014

Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg, Va.


Eleonora’s Sewing Box

Instructor: Giulia Manfredini
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This sewing box was inspired by the antique Deruta Italian majolica art. The box walls are adorned with colorful scenes and motifs of the antique Umbrian tradition. The box lid opens to reveal compartments for three stitching treasures -- a scissors pocket, a needlebook and a scissor fob.

The kit includes two handmade pieces of Deruta Ceramics Italian majolica works with color and style matching the embroidery on the box. The first one is a fuseruola bead, which is a little sphere typically used to balance the spindle when spinning. Known from Etruscan and Roman times, between the 14th and 17th centuries, it was glazed and then decorated in coloured "scales." Its central area or band was then stamped with delicate well-wishing or virtuous designs, or the name of a girl to whom the distaff and the spindle, equipped with its fuseruola, were presented as a pledge of love. The second piece designed for the box is a hand-painted majolica oval cameo, depicting an enchanting lady, Eleonora, adorned in the Italian Renaissance style and placed in the center of the lid.

The box is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 35-count Straw hand-dyed linen with Weeks Dye Works hand-overdyed cotton flosses. The color palette is green, blue, teal, rust, white and gold, matching the majolica items of the kit.

With the exception of necessary cardboard, the kit includes all supplies needed to complete the design. Stitches include cross, tent, satin, backstitch, eyelet, closed herringbone, Smyrna, Rhodes and Nun stitch.

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