Category Archives: Castelo Branco

Castelo Branco Sampler

Y’all, Méri sent me a wonderful little sample of Castelo Branco embroidery, from the gift shop of Francisco Tavares de Proença Júnior Museum in Castelo Branco, Portugal. Isn’t it beautiful? Imagine an entire bedspread worked like this! Did you know that it’s … Continue reading

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Castelo Branco Bird: Body

After troubleshooting the earlier problems with the project, I continued stitching away at the bird. I think it’s looking great. Portuguese bird designs are so much fun. Here’s a close up of the bird body.

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Castelo Branco Bird: Difficulties

Well, folks, (previous project post to jog your memory) I started back on my Castelo Branco bird. There were some unfortunate mishaps. The lighter yellow to the right is earlier work. You can see the sudden color change where I … Continue reading

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Christmas Card

Look what I made! It’s a Christmas card for some friends of mine. I’m pretty sure they don’t read my blog regularly so I’m posting even though I haven’t given it away yet. It’s worked in two strands of rayon … Continue reading

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Yellow for the Castelo Branco bird

I have settled on yellow DMC satin floss for the main body of the bird. It’s bright and shiny, and very easy to obtain. I’m going to see if I can get a smoother effect with some thread conditioner, and … Continue reading

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Castelo Branco Bird II

I’ve added two petals and two leaves to the Castelo Branco bird embroidery. There’s a long way to go, but I’m starting to get the hang of working with the Portuguese art silks. I have to be very careful about … Continue reading

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Castelo Branco Bird

I’m starting a new project! (post with an overview of Castelo Branco embroidery). I am working this bird design from the Castelo Branco magazine Méri sent, using the Portuguese silk and rayons she sent (previous post on the lovely gifts … Continue reading

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History of Colcha embroidery

Monique worked as the sound recording archivist of the John Donald Robb Archives of Southwestern Music at the Center for Southwest Research. She sent me more information on the history of colcha, and here is an edited version of her … Continue reading

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Gifts from Portugal: Castelo Branco embroidery

After my last post on Castelo Branco embroidery, Méri mailed me two Portuguese magazines about it, plus some gorgeous silks (so incredibly generous of her!). I’m so excited! I will definitely be trying it soon! The first magazine is “Bordados … Continue reading

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On Colcha Embroidery and Portugal

Méri kindly posted a very informative comment on my post about colcha embroidery. It turns out that “colcha” means bedspread in both Spanish and Portuguese. Furthermore, there is a traditional Portuguese style of embroidery which uses a similar stitch to … Continue reading

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