Cross in tatting lace and semiprecious stones

Cross in tatting lace and semiprecious stones

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Tatting lace cross, semiprecious stones (green and burgundy Agate) and Majorcan beads. It has a garnet swarovski in the center. It is made entirely by hand.

The cross measures 11 x 9 cm.

My emotion:

Skilled hands intent on embroidering precious details: this image accompanied my childhood, like that of many children here in Sicily.

Under the clear light of the skylight of her house, my grandmother patiently and precisely embroidered her precious laces, and I watched, admired, giving life to a delicate beauty of shapes and colors.

Embroidery, in Sicily and beyond, has been a hobbry for women to cultivate but sometimes also a means to support the family income or to make themselves economically independent.