My Tuscany: a Shaker Box in Italy

This sewing set is a love tribute to our beloved Tuscany, land of art and enchanted landscapes, world famous for its prestigious towns and history, from Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance time. Embroidered in one side band are Apennine mountains, rivers and hills, fir trees, cypresses and birches, hay bales on golden fields, sheep at pasture, Maremma coast with flamingoes and one boat on the sea.

Moon and stars softly light up the boat and the sun shines over the snow covered mountain. Sea waves, Versilia cabins, Chianti vineries, sheep at pasture, olive trees, a Roman bridge of Lucchesia, a lady with the Florentine straw hat, and Montalcino castle are embroidered in the other side band. Seagulls and falcons fly in the sky under the sun and the clouds. From a poem of Giosuè Carducci, a famous Tuscany poet, two lovely stanzas “pace dicono al cuor le tue colline, con le nebbie sfumanti e il verde piano ridente” are embroidered in the middle bands, surrounded by vine shoots and Florentine lily, Medici’s symbol.

The translation for these stanzas sounds “peace would tell to heart your hills, with vanishing mists and the green pleasant plain”.

The sewing smalls include a bodkin etui, a scissors pocket and fob, needle-book and pincushion. They are stitched several Tuscan motifs and symbols: a “cotto” or terracotta vase with sunflowers, wine shoots, a typical Tuscan window with white curtains, a geranium vase, a basket with fruit, another basket with olives and a lemon tree in a “cotto” vase decorated with a lily.


  • Design charts and instruction: for stitching and finishing all sections
  • Conversion chart for DMC cotton flosses
  • Layout embroidery page and alphabet chart to personalize the necessaire
  • Instructions in English and/or Italian

Buttons: two Small Sunflower 2259.s buttons of Just Another Button


  • Walnut Divided Oval Shaker Carrier: of Barry Horton
  • Bird thread keeper: fruit wood of Barry Horton
  • Sunflowers-grapes pins: six, from Butterfly Couture (available for purchase from Giulia Punti Antichi)

Fabric 19.75x27.5 in (50x70 cm) 28 ct linen Vintage Country Mocha by Zweigart
Threads hand-dyed twelve-stranded Silk'n Color threads by The Thread Gatherer: Lemon Soufflé SNC 010, Berry Spritz SNC 042, Willow Green SNC 047, Camouflage SNC 055, Carnation Pink SNC 067, Snow Creme SNC 082, Medieval Mulberry SNC 091, Golden Moss SNC 096, Whippoorwill Lane SNC 146, Dried Thyme SNC 156, Lion Fish SNC 224, Dung Paper SNC 317, Tuscan Olive SNC 1004, Latte SNC 9710, Summer Glow SNC 9712
Stitches Cross stitch over one and over two, Backstitch, Daisy Stitch, Overcast stitching over Backstitch, Spider Web Stitch