Punto Antico Scissor Fob

I am so pleased to have finished my third piece using a technique called Punto Antico.

Lilies Scissor Fob, designed by Gingerbread Girl Designs

Lilies Scissor Fob, designed by Gingerbread Girl Designs

This is Lilies Scissor Fob, designed by Kathryn Drummond of Gingerbread Girl Designs. It is a companion piece to Lilies Biscornu, a piece which I stitched as part of a class at the fall 2015 Creativ Festival.

Lilies Punto Antico set, designed by Gingerbread Girl Designs

Lilies Punto Antico set, designed by Gingerbread Girl Designs

Punto Antico is an Italian technique, generally done as a form of whitework with signification sections of cutwork. The technique has been traced back to the 15th century, but it as evolved significantly since then. In fact, it seems to be undergoing a bit of a revival right now, partly lead by Kathryn Drummond here in Canada.

While appearing similar to Hardanger, Punto Antico is significantly different. For example, when cutting away sections for cutwork, instead of kolster blocks, an overcast stitch is used to secure the loose fabric threads.

Cutwork close-up (Precious Jewel, designed by Gingerbread Girl Designs)

Cutwork close-up (Precious Jewel, designed by Gingerbread Girl Designs)

I’m not sure where I am going to go next with Punto Antico. Knowing me and how I love to gather techniques and knowledge like it is all going to disappear tomorrow, I will probably move on to something else and possible revisit Punto Antico many years down the road. In fact, this piece of Casalguidi embroidery is calling my name.

  1. I absolutely love your blog. Everytime you post one of your projects, it’s like sampling a new tea – it’s all handwork related, which I love, but things I never knew existed before, or never knew how doable they were. I’m an avid knitter, quilter and bag maker these days, but it is so nice to see projects that I may want to try someday. I enjoy the education you provide as well. Punto Antico – never heard of it until today – and it is just lovely.
    I had a blog once and know how much work that goes into it, so all your posts are greatly appreciated.
    Thank-you

  2. They’re so pretty. Now i wish I had bought the kits 🙂 I’m the same when it comes to learning new techniques. So scared that tomorrow the opportunity will be gone lol

  3. Beautiful scissor fob and a lovely technique. I’ve stitched hardanger although not for a while but not this style.
    I’m looking forward to the new embroidery next!

  4. It’s beautiful, so intricate and delicate. I’d never heard of the technique before. I’m sure it is something you’ll do again in the future. I love how the fabric compliments the whitework so well