And now... Festa del Ricamo and the "Sampler of Your Life"

Einführungsdatum: 30/01/2012
Hello everybody!
I left you some days ago saying that I was going to reveal to you everything "within the end of this month". So, here we are on the 30th of January and it's time for me to tell what I've promised

In our last posts, we talked enough about the wonderful art of samplers. However, of course, in order to talk in a complete way about this particular embroidery technique, which is loved by everybody everywhere, we would need tons and tons of posts... Or rather, we can opt for a more interesting idea that we do like and actually prefer to the mere words, i.e. we can choose to let the samplers speak for themselves with their images and letters, all carefully and passionately stitched, with their colors - single and multiples - with their dates and patterns...
So, this is what we have chosen so far with the latest contest we present today:

The Sampler of My Life

We invite you to embroider a sampler of your choice, without "purchase limits": this means you do not have to buy new charts or kits! You can even stitch a sampler you've been keeping for a long time in your drawer or a sampler contained in some books or magazines you love... Or even a sampler you can create yourselves! Right, why don't you try to put yourself in a designer's shoes and mix together patterns, words, letters and little characters which have or have had a particular meaning in your life, in order to make a unique sampler? Now you can do it because in order to participate and see your sampler shown in the great event/exhibition we will organize during next Festa del Ricamo, we do need your creations And we will also talk in this post about the new edition of our Festa!

For now just let me add that, actually, there are no particular "conditions" to participate to the Sampler of My Life: we just ask you to stitch on linen - not because we are "snob", of course, but in order to fully respect the tradition of antique samplers, which I've talked about in my previous posts, dating back to those times when aida did not exist yet and, always following the history of these wonderful little/big masterpieces of manual art, we also ask you to put the data and so the year of your work and to sign it with your name.
Finally, remember the basic ingredients of each "recipe of a stitching contest": being strongly willing to participate and to see one's work exposed and... as strongly longing to win, since, on this occasion, we are going to award three works, like on an ideal podium, with a golden medal (corresponding to a 300 euro voucher), a silver one (corresponding to a 200 euro voucher) and a bronze one (corresponding to a 100 euro voucher). All vouchers will be valid for shopping in our website!

We will do all this impartially, through the help of the judgments of the president of the "Dutch Society of Samplers", Afke Wullink Semplonius, among the most active protagonists of this world and reference point as for North European samplers which is traditionally linked to this art, as well as through the advice and the curious attitude of Maria Concetta Ronchetti, our Italian expert of samplers, as it is witnessed by her historical collection.

So we will have the pleasure to welcome both of them during the exhibition we will organize with the samplers you will send us for our next Festa del Ricamo

With the year 2012 the annual appointment with out Festa comes to its sixth edition and, as in a child's life, the sixth year is really important: school begins, new friends and, above all, a new ambient! So, even our "little creature" this year will change its location and actually will take place in the garden of our new warehouse where we're going to prepare a real "sensorial travel" where seeing will be the protagonist sense among all of your samplers!

Here is the date of this important event: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of June, the two days of our next Festa del Ricamo 2012. On the same occasion you will have the chance to make your purchases (as usual during our Festa) directly in our warehouse and you will be able to talk with Afke and Maria Concetta about samplers and embroidery techniques. Finally, you will also be delighted by our Tuscan typical delicatessens

This is just an appetizer! Let's start to mark the data on our calendar We will be back soon with some news on the contest and the event, by publishing also all the rules. In the meantime, just enjoy our catalog and start stitching! Four months are enough for creating your sampler, but they're going to run away!

For now, a big hug and… Enjoy the Sampler of Your Life!

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