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Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2018

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Italian Cameo Sewing Casket

Instructor: Giulia Manfredini of Giulia Punti Antichi

Class Details

A delicately carved cameo is the main feature of this sewing casket, measuring 1 3/4" x 1 3/8"; the cameo is made by a traditional Italian artisan in Torre Del Greco, Napoli, Italy, and is carved from shell. The cameo, created exclusively for this class and project, depicts the face of a beautiful young woman surrounded by flowers. Two small, carved holes are used to sew the cameo to the front wall of the box.

Worked on beautiful antique white 35-count Etruria Ottico linen from Sotema, Italy, and finished atop four antique brass metal feet, this elegant pincushion casket uses hand-dyed overdyed cotton threads by Romy’s Creations and one special tiny dentelle cotton. The box sides are embroidered with floral motifs matching with the shell cameo, and the box is lined with a shiny finishing fabric. The lid features a rectangular pincushion covered by hand-dyed velvet by Dames of The Needle. On each short side of the pincushion, two large tassels are attached and lay on the embroidered sides of the box when the lid is closed.

Inside the box, you'll find five sewing accessories: scissors case and fob, needlebook, ruler and thimble bag. All accessories are stitched with motifs matching the embroidered box panels and are finished with the same lining fabric and velvet. Sand-colored cording and faded dark rose ribbons will be used to decorate the box and the accessories. The project features the following stitches: cross stitch, backstitch, Rhodes stitch, Montenegrin stitch and a few specialty stitches.

Class kit includes Italian shell cameo, linen, cotton threads, finishing materials, brass feet, two large tassels and white beads for the sewing accessories. Complete instructions as well as information about the cameos and Torre del Greco inspiring the model will be included. Beautiful pins, wood hand-painted thread winder and needle minder will be available for separate purchase.

Project Photos

Italian Cameo Sewing Casket
Italian Cameo Sewing Casket


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