Exquisite Embroidery with Elisabetta Ricami a Mano

Elisabetta Ricami a Mano

Intricate botanical reproductions draw the eye with their realism. Technically, the pattern develop from a series of long and short stitches laid in sequential rows, like brushstrokes–a method referred to in Italian as punto pittura (stitch painting). The secret of such nuanced replicas, Elisabetta explains, is choosing the right palette. Graduating from pastel, sun-kissed colors to darker hues, she blends embroidery floss to form softly shaded petals that appear true to life. Above: When creating her amazingly precise likenesses of flowers, the needle artist often uses photographs to determine the most appropriate coloration.

For more on Elisabetta Sforza’s needlework, see “Harmony Among the Stitches,” in the July/August 2015 issue of Victoria magazine. 

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  1. Sometime in 2016 or 2017 I’d like to do a tour of the lakes district of England and to the Beatrix Potter properties. Some train travel would be nice.
    Do you know of any tours or tour companies that offer this kind of travel.
    Thank you

    Karen Gray

    • Hello Karen,

      I can thoroughly recommend the Embroidery Tour called “”Smitten with Britain” Embroidery Workshop Tour by Needlework Tours. The embroidery teachers, properties and the management of the tour was absolutely first class.

  2. What wonderful embroidery.Do you have a website.Plus any books of your work or tutor.I live in New Zealand so cannot attend any classes .Thank you.Kind regards Gayle.


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