This is one of the teachers who helped us at the Imperial Bordados, where we took our lessons. (I was so young!!!)
This is another one of our teachers. I do not speak Portuguese (or Spanish, which is close), and they did not speak English, but the universal sound of tsk, tsk and the shaking of the head let us know when we were doing something wrong!
It was amazing to watch these women with a needle - they could make it sing! They would stand next to each other, chatting away, and would barely look at the needle or fabric as they were stitching!
These women learned how to stitch as a child and it has been their livelihood, as well as a skill and talent.
This is a hankie that I found at an antique mall - not true whitework, as it has color, but has the traditional whitework techniques - cutwork, granitos, madeira applique', and padded satin stitch.
My doorbell just rang - the FedEx guy with 5 boxes of (sigh) the last issue of Australian Smocking & Embroidery - Issue 100, along with the Indexes. I am going to run and start working on these - I am going to try to get most of them packaged up tonight.
See you next week for Whitework Wednesday (I am going to post it before I go to Atlanta) and some of you I will actually SEE on Wednesday at the SAGA convention in Atlanta -yeah!