Punto Antico (antique stitch), a type of Italian drawn-thread work, is thought
to have its origins in the Levant. The geometric shapes are said to be inspired
by the Arab influence that dominated the island of Sicily for centuries. Numerous
traces of this embroidery style are found throughout Italy depicted in paintings
and portraits dating back to the fourteenth century. Today, Punto Antico is used
in embroideries all over the Italian peninsula. (For more on Punto Antico, visit
These soft and comfortable slippers with needlepoint rose
motif will soothe your feet after a day of travel and sightseeing. The motifs
were stitched on needlepoint canvas with Persian wool and then appliquéd
to purchased slippers.
Create a bright flower button cover while you sample five classic embroidery stitches
with silk thread on linen. This project was inspired by "Plain-sewing Samplers"
by Deborah Dwyer, also featured in the January/February
2000 issue. Web-Exclusive Project.
For some schoolgirls in nineteenth-century America, embroidering a globe was the culmination of their needlework instruction, and it also taught them geography. Our globe is based on globes available between 1800 and 1840. Web-Exclusive Project.