“Giovanni's Alphabet”

 “Giovanni's Alphabet” 

The newest  Tempting Tangles Designs -  June 2012
  Inspiration for this design was provided by artist and needlework designer, Giovanni Ostaus, who created his constructed-style alphabet as well as his other magnificent lace designs and presented them to the world in his “La Vera Perfittione del Disegno”, (The True Perfection of Design) in 1561, self-published in Venice, Italy.  

                                                          The chart format Giovanni used set a standard for design lay-out using grids or squares.  The unique reticello lace alphabet has been re-created here with some changes to make it suitable for cross stitch.  These large letters along with the hunt scene, and the wide band of reticello lace-like loops, eyelets, “picots” and other geometric shapes (created with back-stitches and straight stitches) make this a truly unique design.   You will find  instructions within the chart to aid you in creating the various specialty stitch work, too, including Bargello, Zigzag stitch, Satin, Stem, Algerian Eye 

A few more details:  
  • Design size (13 pages) is 270 w x 356 stitches h; finished on 28 ct over 1 is 9 2/3” w x 12 ¾”  
  • Suggested fabric: Zweigart 28 ct Cashel linen, Country Mocha
  •  Model uses both Gloriana Silk and  Crescent Colours cotton.  Note that I've included a suggested cross reference to Dinky Dyes silk floss; kits are available through various retailers
  • Mill Hill Beads Mill Hill #03504 Satin Moss seed beads (14)
  • Specialty Stitches:  Bargello, Zigzag stitch, Satin, Stem, Algerian Eye,    straight/back 

This design is suitable to be stitched over either 1 or 2 threads of fabric.  Model is worked over 1 on the suggested fabric.

 Please visit Kathryn Goodwyn's Embroidery Page for inspiring antique images of many types of needle-art, including those from Giovanni Ostaus.