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Dec. 3-7, 2015

Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg, Va.


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Patrizia: A Little Girl Capodimonte Pincushion Doll

Instructor: Giulia Manfredini
Class Details
Patrizia: A Little Girl Capodimonte Pincushion Doll Patrizia: A Little Girl Capodimonte Pincushion Doll Patrizia: A Little Girl 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 kept throughout 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. They were all family-managed, and these beautiful half-dolls were created by a well-known company of Naples. Capodimonte porcelains are famous for the beautiful molded figurines and decorative modeled flowers applied to cups and vases.

The unique model for this early bird class features a beautiful, handmade Capodimonte porcelain half-doll . This doll features a little girl that is smaller than Jean, the doll for the three-day class. Each half-doll is unique with detailed facial features, a few roses on the head and tiny fingers open over the hands. The apron will be almost completely pre-stitched, and we will do a little bit of embroidery on it with silk ribbon in class. The doll will be mounted in class and a little embroidered pincushion will be attached to her waist.

The kit will include the original Capodimonte doll as well as all stitching and finishing materials, including materials for the canvas basket, hand dyed silk threads and ribbons from The Thread Gatherer and Italian linen fabric. Stitches used include: cross stitch, backstitch, drawn threadwork, spiderweb stitch, satin stitch and zigzag ribbon-gathering stitch. Stitching and finishing instructions, as well as information about the historical background of the model, will be included. Special handmade accessories including pins and a miniature silver yarn ball cage will also be available for this doll.

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