Fior di reticello, which continues the theme of reticello begun in Volume 3, goes deep into the detail, especially for the new designs and the use of colour in reticello: from just two colours to the wide variety found in the final section of the book. The use of colour was a gamble for me, but since then the consensus has been overwhelmingly positive, at home and abroad.
Many of the works illustrated are further enhanced by use of the "punto chiaro" technique. One particular example, which is explained in great detail with diagrams and scans - as is my wont - is a cushion presented by my School to the 2005 Italia Invita Forum in Rimini. Here I inserted, within larger "windows", more complex motifs and fine bars which blend with the embroidery work to create a lace-like effect.
As mentioned in Volume 3, you have a greater possibility of working on more complex and delicate patterns if you have some knowledge and experience and if you follow the instructions in the book: here too I always start from a "simple" project, such as a cushion, and work up to larger and more complex items.
Released simultaneously with the previous book, my fifth volume, Fior di reticello (Reticella 2), was first published in May 2007, and its development runs parallel with Volume 4, because June 2008 saw an Italian-French version and an Italian-English version (still trying not to go over the target of 64-pages for the series).
A reprint of the Italian-English version came out in September 2010.
After an initial section consisting of detailed instructions for twenty patterns taken from projects at my School (more recent than those in Volume 3) and described in the Album di Tela, a large part of the book is devoted to three extremely beautiful projects done by my students: a cushion, a table centre and a sampler, the latter experimenting in reticello using different colours.
Vol. 5 Fior di reticello - € 20
Two edition: Italian-French or Italian-English