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Monday, 7 June 2010

casalguidi embroidery

I have started this sample project in the Casalguidi embroidery. I had not heard about this type of embroidery before when I saw it in the book by Via Laurie. Originally whitework, this type of raised embroidery was developed in Tuscan village of Casalguidi in Italy in 19th century. It was popular for embellishing bags and clothes, as well as household linen. It always has a base of four-sided stitch, on which the embroidery is then worked. The flower in the middle is called Venetian rosette, worked with six buttonhole-stitch petals, and it is very distinctive of Casal-guidi embroidery.
There is a touch of stumpwork about it.
So far I have not been able to find any more books on the subject, only one on Amazon, which is astronomically expensive.


  1. This looks really interesting, it's a technique I haven't heard of....please don't put temptation in my way to start something new :)I have just filled the house with felt etc! can't wait to see how you progress this piece

  2. Radka, looks like you are definitely enjoying this technique. I left a 'link' on CB forum for you [book specifically written on Casalguidi]. I see it is unavailable at the store in the link, but I can try to find it for you if you'd like. It's always been readily available here in Australia. Effie [author] is a member of the Embroiderers' Guild NSW, so perhaps her book/books are available via their 'store' The Threaded Needle. Happy stitching.

  3. I think this has been featured in past editions of Inspirations. I will have a look when I have time.

    the piece you are doing looks lovely.


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