This is the latest Quirky Embroidery piece. Gold, blue and black are the colors of the moment. I’ve added paper and rhinestones to the embroidery. I’m thinking about pushing the quirky pieces more towards the mixed media pieces I love, like the paperwhimsy piece above. A combination of the two may be in the future.
During our recent visit to Rome we were searching for an embroidery shop I’d seen mentioned on the web. After finding it closed (shops close down for a few hours mid day) we kept walking through the area and found this place. It was also closed but we returned later. The place was unassuming from the outside and cramped and stuffed to the rafters inside. We suspect they supply trim to the some of the liturgical garb places in the nearby streets.
The shop seems to be run by two women. The older woman was delightful and seemed to thrill that someone found the goods as bella as she did. She kept gesturing to different pieces and mentioning their colors, saying they were beautiful. The younger woman wasn’t as happy about our visit but cheered up as time went on. I purchased a few beautiful gold pieces and some lace. I love this place and wish there was something comparable in the states. I didn’t return to find the embroidery shop again as it wasn’t nearly as exciting as the passamaneria.