Isotta’s Sampler Pillow

The designs, as well as the other Isotta’s pieces (Isotta’s Biscornu, Isotta’s Strawberry Pincushion and Fob, Isotta’s Sweet Bag) were created for the International Show of Lace and Embroidery 2007, held in Rimini, Italy, every two years.

To honour the town and the show, I studied Rimini’s history and traditions.

Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta was the Seignior of Rimini from 1432.
He was not only a bold warrior, but also a poet and patron of arts.
He was in love with his third wife, Isotta degli Atti, whom he met when she was only thirteen.
Sigismondo wanted a big temple for the town of Rimini, which unfortunately was not completed, but the wonders of the temple are still there to testify Sigismondo and Isotta’s history and love. A famous print of those times represents Sigismondo on his knees and Isotta standing in front of him the day when he dedicated the temple to her.

From that print I took the inspiration to design and stitch Isotta in her garden, surrounded by roses, acanthus leaves and butterflies.
The letters S and I are stitched above chequered panels and they also make a border around the sampler.
The meaning of all symbols and colors of this sampler is explained in the chart pack……………… I guess Isotta would have been proud to see her sampler.

– one package of Antique Glass Beads 03038 of Mill Hill
– two vials of Seed Pearls of Access Commodities

Silk ribbon: The Thread Gatherer Savoir Faire Ribbon one package of SF4 038 Rusty Amber.

All stitching materials, copper filigree pearls and threads for tassels are available as a kit from Mani di Donna.

Fabric Cream 32 ct Belfast linen of Zweigart
Threads - The Thread Gatherer Silk’n Colors: 038 Rusty Amber, 100 Rose Blush, 165 Cypress Umber, 167 Prairie Winter, 9710 Latte, 9712 Summer Glow - The Thread Gatherer Silken Pearl 30/3: SP10 111 Old Lace - The Caron Collection Waterlilies hand dyed silk threads; 106 Olive - DMC Perlè 8: one ball of Ecru
Stitches cross stitch over two and over one, back stitch over two and over one, Rhodes stitch, satin stitch, Smyrna stitch, Leviathan stitch, Montenegrin stitch, Norwich stitch, Laced cross stitch bars, double back stitch.