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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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An Ambitious Needlework Project


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Over on Francesca Vanucci’s blog, La Soffitta del Tempo Perduto, you can see some amazing stuff, but one thing in particular that I’d like to point out is a project that she has underway. It involves a William Morris design, and silk, wool, and gold threads.

William Morris design in embroidery

Francesca tells the story of how she came across a video that featured some images of William Morris designs in couture clothing, and the pieces captivated her. She captured one of the images from the video and turned it into a needlework pattern for herself. Now, she’s getting ready to embroider it using various threads and gold work.

William Morris design in embroidery

Francesca’s blog is a great place to meander! It is written in Italian and English, and has some really gorgeous photos on it. She and her husband own an art / paint store in Rome, and her artistry certainly shows up on her website. Besides stitching, she enjoys painting porcelain and making fabric boxes, too, so if you wanter about her website, you’ll surely come across some of her beautiful works!

William Morris design in embroidery

Her ambitious William Morris embroidery project that has me completely hooked – I’ll definitely be watching this develop! I can’t wait to see what she does next!


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  1. G’day Mary,

    I spent so much time going through Francesca’s sites last nite I didn’t get to comment! And of course one site leads to another ’till I hardly knew where I was. I was so interested in a all.

    The porcelain painting is exquisit. Particularly love the plate with insects.

    How exciting to be aware of, and have the opportunity to watch The Ambitious Project develope. I might not comment on your posts Francesca but will say here that your work is amazing and very, very special.

    Thank you both, with Cheers from Kath.

    1. Hi, Kath –

      Isn’t the porcelain amazing? I found myself lingering over it the most while going through Francesca’s site. Truly beautiful!

      Thanks for your comments!


  2. Dear Mary, thanks for share with us your dream. nothing was left behind.
    thanks a lot.
    hugs from brazil…

  3. Thank you so much dear friends for all yours lovely words!
    It’s a real pleasure for me to hear that the hard work I made on porcelain painting is so appreciated.
    Has been a long process along 10 years, with a lot of trouble and a big research on the iconographic origin of the painted subjects; all about this is keeped secret by the principal porcelain factory as Meissen or KPM.
    There aren’t teachers in Italy for traditional porcelain painting so I had to travel many times in Germany to learn from the best tutors one can hope to have: Andreas Knobl and Marlen Sohr, that were employed for 20 years in those factories.
    If want to see some real masterpieces, have a look on:

    A big hug,

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