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Carmela Testa Variety #2 - Italian Cutwork & Filet Lace c.1926
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37 Pages. If you like Hedebo, cutwork, netting, drawnwork or lacemaking, the Carmela Testa books are definitely worth exploring. This edition goes deeper into some of the techniques of volume #1 and also teaches some new ones. There are instructions for Italian Cutwork, Deruta Work, Point Lace, Roman Cutwork, Point Needle Edge, Crocheted Edges, Filet Crochet, Punto Riccio, Punto Reale, Tassels and Venetian Point Lace. This edition also has 18 pages of beautiful charted designs for filet and lace patterns. Carmela Testa books are goldmines of ethinic Italian needlework!

Carmela Testa & Company was a very small publisher within the Italian community of Boston, MA at the turn of the century. As far as I can tell, there were only 7 books in this series that were produced and they are extremely difficult to locate. The patterns alone are amazing glimpses into the ethic Italian community at the turn of the century. This book is loaded with techniques and pages of charted patterns. They are similar to the Priscilla books, which were also produced in Boston at this time.


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