Angela explained a little of the history of Casalguidi-style embroidery. It is a style and not a technique and it came from a small Tuscan village where the embroidered motifs reflect the architecture of the churches. It is an interesting mix of counted thread work and free-form stitching. We were shown the basic stitches which make the style recognisable as Casalguidi. For example, the background four-sided stitch, the Venetian rosette and bars of padded stem stitch. Angela also demonstrated a couple of other stitches characteristic of Casalguidi, so that we can build on our samples later. Angela brought along lots of finished pieces, in both coloured thread and the more traditional white on white. The workshop was very well organised and informative and we all thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a lot.
And finally what was achieved - for such intricate work, ladies did very well in the time and it is to be hoped that some pieces will be completed for display at the Royal Show!