Colombina

Model:

  • Fabric = 32 count Cashel by Picture This. Model above is on Relic, model below on Truffle

  • Pattern size = 10.5“ x 5.5“ (16 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 170 x 90

  • Stitched 2 over 2.

Threads:

  • Waterlilies in above model

  • The Gentle Arts in below model


This design can be stitched in any color thread on any color cloth. It requires approximately 6 yards of thread in a single color.

About the design:

This design was an experiment in mask making. I’ve always enjoyed the highly decorated half masks of the Mardi Gras celebrations that I attended when working on my Master’s degree in Louisiana. I can’t wear them, because of my glasses, so I decided to make some in a different way. The “official” name of the half mask is ‘colombina’. They were originally worn by characters of the Commedia dell'arte, a type of theatre performance popular in 14th – 17th century Italy. This kind of mask is worn by Carnival goers the world over and has been popular for centuries.

Released in 2012