This is a bit out of order, but i just found the picture.............. one of the things that I found most fascinating was preparing the fabric. I have already talked about how the designs are chosen and marked on the fabric, but even before that, the fabric has to be cut. I know for myself, whenever I am working with the finest linen (and I use and carry Ulster linen, which is divine), I do not tear the linen! I pull a thread and cut the linen.
Here is a design that they were preping. Very intricate!
This is one of the goodies that I bought when I was in Madeira........... it is a blue linen pillow sham with organdy insert (the bow and flower background), shadow work (flowers, leaves), and embroidery (stems and leaves).
This is the corner of a table scarf - the big fabric is a white voile or batiste, with a cutwork edge. Cutwork is also used to applique' the scallopped linen to the inside of the piece. Granitos are stitched in the border. Beautiful!
I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am reliving the wonderful memories I have of these visits! I will be in Atlanta at the SAGA convention when this posts - hope to see some of you there!