The Casalguidi (cas-a-gwee'-dee) stitch is a traditional padded surface stitch popular in Portuguese embroidery. Of course, it is named after and comes to us from the beautiful town of Casalguidi located in Pistoria and the luscious Tuscany region of Italy.
In the early 1900s, the woman of Italy attempted to spark the local economy by opening embroidery schools. The most famous school was in Casalguidi where the legend of this stitch begins.
This fabulous padded three dimensional stitch is a rope design traditionally done on linen fabric. It is easy to do but looks quite impression when completed.
If you have been wanting to create a heavy textured design, do try this stitch. It is very useful for making wall hangings that pop right off the wall. It also makes bags and purses that are to die for.
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- Use linen or similar weight fabric with an open weave.
- Traditionally, cord was used to form the padding but you can also use a grouping of yarn or string.
- Whatever you select for your padding, use the couching stitch to attach it to your fabric.
- Cover your couched padding with a neutral base color using the satin stitch.
- You will be weaving through the next layer of stitches so select your thread color and again cover the padding but this time at about 1/4" intervals thus making bars.
- Do not pull these stitches too tight to your padding as you will need the space for the weave.
- Take care to create smooth stitches especially where (or if) your padding is curved. This layer of foundation bars will support your weave so spend time making it neat.
- Switch to a tapestry needle for weaving that you do using the stem stitch along the foundation bars.
- Take your needle through the fabric only at each end of your padding. For the remainder of your stitches do not pierce the fabric; just work through the bars.
- Be sure not to pierce your foundation bar threads as you weave through.
- At the end of each row, push your stitches down and together with your tapestry needle so they are smooth and dense.
- You don't want to see any spaces at this point. If you pierced your bar threads, you will not be able to do this properly.
- Work in one direction only. Do not work back and forth along the padding.
- Once the padding is completely covered, take bullion knots at both ends of the padding to create a polished finish.
- You will create lovely snake skin like rows so experiment with multiple colors, variegated and metallic threads.
- Make your art unique by leaving your end threads long, bushy and uncovered instead of weaving end-to-end and then finishing with bullion knots.
- You can also suspend beads or tassels from the Casalguidi ends.