|Cardboard slipcase, back cover and three design sheets, my photo|
Now I'm becoming unbearably smug!!!
I bought it some weeks ago while I was doing the research for my first post and the moment I received it I decided to write on it.
There are more second hand copies, so run if you want to buy one!
It's a beautiful book that comes inside a cardboard slipcase with three design sheets. The cover illustrates the traditional embroidery of Castelo Branco and the pattern is exactly the same, although in different colors, as the one I showed on my first post. The back cover is wonderful, so colorfully showing many different Portuguese motifs. But color remains outside the book... Unfortunately it's a black and white book. That's why I decided to balance the lack of color... I've searched my drawers to find some embroidery pieces that could colorfully illustrate some of the embroidery types described in the book. I hope you like it...
|Madeira embroidery - my photo|
|Castelo Branco embroidery - my photo|
|Viana do Castelo embroidery - my photo|
|Azores embroidery - my photo|
|Viana do Castelo Embroidery, my photo|
This photo also shows an even "more modern" piece also inspired by the same motifs. It is a napkin-bag that came from my mother's drawers...
The regional traditional embroideries represented in the book are: Viana do Castelo, Azores, Castelo Branco, Caldas da Raínha, Guimarães, Tibaldinho, Madeira and Nisa. Some important stitches are also illustrated: chain stitch embroidery, cross stitch embroidery, shaded embroidery, net embroidery and "dove's eye" embroidery.
Although they seem many, I assure you that some more are missing... And I'll try to review all them throughout this year...
I could not end this long post without highlighting the impressive "backstage" work involved in this book. We can find around twenty eight modern pieces reproduced and that´s why it is fully understandable the reason why the author expresses her deep gratitude to the embroideresses...
In addition to the word "livro" (book), and after such a big post, I have to teach you another Portuguese word that expresses my feeling in case you've reached here... Obrigada - thank you!