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