Italian Prayer Book and Olive Branch

Italian Prayer Book and Olive Branch

My mamma Maria visits from Italy bringing olive leaves pressed in her prayer book.

Elena Holding Daughter Lorraine

Elena Holding Daughter Lorraine

This watercolor illustration by Schuyler McClain and linen made by Giulia Gabrielli was photographed by Kristin McMillan.

Pulled Work Pillowcase.

Pulled Work Pillowcase.

An old technique of pulling threads from fine linen cloth to make a beautiful border on a pillowcase.

Embroidery of Giulia Gabrielli

Embroidery of Giulia Gabrielli

When Giulia Gabrielli Fabiani was a young girl in Italy, she learned to do embroidery and weaving, preparing her linens for marriage.

Precious Vintage Linens

Precious Vintage Linens

Giulia Gabrielli brought these handmade linens from Italy 100 years ago.

Detail of Pillowcase

Detail of Pillowcase

The letters GG are embroidered in stem stitch, satin stitch and buttonhole stitch on a linen pillowcase. The flowers are done using cut work technique. Petals are sewn by hand in close buttonhole stitch and the center of each petal is carefully cut out.

Delicate Cross Stitch Embroidery

Delicate Cross Stitch Embroidery

Embroidery by Giulia Gabrielli suggests a voyage. Look closely to see a sailing ship and on either side a boy and a girl.

Maria Cicchi of Ascoli Piceno

Maria Cicchi of Ascoli Piceno

My great-grandmother gently touches the beautiful linen her daughter has made. Tomorrow daughter Giulia Gabrielli leaves for America taking with her the precious linens.

Artwork by Schuyler and Emily McClain, Photography by Kristin McMillan

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