October 19 - 27, 2019

Celebrity Instructor:
Giulia Manfredini
Giulia Manfredini

Package Price:
$3,974.00 | Air from New York

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.


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PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip International airfare from the New York to Florence, Italy.
  • Round-trip transfers to and from the airport/hotel.
  • A private, deluxe motor coach and experienced driver during the tour.
  • First class hotel accommodations in Tuscany.
  • Breakfast daily and some dinners.
  • Sightseeing in Florence & MontecatiniTerme.
  • A visit to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
  • A train ride and sightseeing through the beautiful Cinque Terre.
  • A walking tour of the historic town of Siena
  • A visit to the Davanzati museum in Florence
  • Shopping opportunities in special Florentine markets.
  • An optional authentic Tuscan cooking lesson with an Italian "Mama"chef, including a delicious five course lunch and guided tour of the vineyard.
  • A visit to the studio of a master Florentine mosaic artist.
  • A visit to an Italian leather school.
  • An optional trip to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower.
  • Professional local and experienced tour guides
  • A professional Craftours escort the entire time.
  • Special optional dinner in Montecatini Alto and Funiculare ride.
  • Stitching workshops with our special guest instructor escort.
  • All taxes are included in this package and insurance is highly recommended.
  • A Craftours lanyard, luggage tag and commemorative gift.


TUSCANY HIGHLIGHTS:

Montecatini Terme Montecatini Terme Play Movie
Montecatini Terme is an Italian district of 21,095 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. The most important center in Valdinievole. The town is located at the eastern end of Piana di Lucca and has a strong vocation for tourism, as well as industrial and commercial industries based around the spa, which in turn has increased the interest for hotel accommodation in the region.
San Gimignano San Gimignano Play Movie
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses,which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form "an unforgettable skyline".Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant' Agostino contain frescos, including cycles dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.The "Historic Center of San Gimignano", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area.
Florence Florence Play Movie
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.

Florence is famous for its history: a center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time,it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865-71 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.


Optional Tours:

Tuscan Cooking Lesson
Cooking Class Tuscan Cooking Class
We will visit a family owned winery where we will participate in an authentic TUSCAN COOKING LESSON. This is a hands-on class, and we'll each learn how to make homemade pasta, different sauces, sample homemade crostini, and learn the recipe to make the popular Italian drink, Limoncello. Following our cooking lesson, we'll walk into the vineyard and learn about wine making and olive oil production. This is followed by wine tasting and a delicious five course lunch!
Cost of this optional tour is $125.00 per person.


Visit to Pisa
Pisa Pisa Play Movie
Located in Central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral), the city contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. Much of the city's architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian maritime republics.
Cost of this optional tour is $33.00 per person.


Giulia Manfredini

Giulia Manfredini of Giulia Punti Antichi

Giulia Manfredini was born and raised in Massa, Tuscany, Italy. A medical doctor with specialties in nuclear medicine and endocrinology, she is responsible for the Endocrine and Osteometabolism Unit at Carrara hospital. Giulia began her journey into the needle arts at a young age under the guidance of her paternal grandmother and her mother, two very talented women who passed along their love for needle art. In 1998 she started what she calls her “needlework adventure” after being awarded first place in an online contest of the Caron Collection Threads.

After this, Giulia decided to start a designing company under Giulia Punti Antichi name (Giulia from her name and Punti Antichi meaning Old Stitches in Italian). In the following years, she contributed with four original samplers for the now out-of-print magazine Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly: Our Blessed Family Sampler, Parents Sampler and Pincushion, Assisi Peacock Sampler and September 11th Tribute Sampler.

Other designs published in this magazine were the reproduction of Ann Hull Sampler and two original Pincushion Dolls -- Summer 2014: Elizabeth, A Sampler Pincushion Doll Maiden and Trunk and Janice, A Thanksgiving Pincushion Doll. Giulia’s designs have been also featured in the Just CrossStitch magazine, Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine, and the now out-of-print online digital magazine The Gift of Stitching.

She is also a member of EGA and other U.S. needle art guilds and has supported them with designs and charts to raise profits for preservation of antique samplers and contributions to U.S. textile museums.

Giulia also became involved with The National Needlearts Association and started teaching her original embroidery projects and finishing techniques. She has since taught for many International organizations and guilds. She started to be a teacher at Annie’s NeedleArts Show in 2014 in Williamsburg with three classes, and then kept teaching at this show in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Giulia has a passion for Italian artifacts like Deruta Majolica, Carrara marble beads, shell Cameos and Capodimonte porcelain half dolls. Most of her designs are tailored to include these precious accessories in a unique style. Giulia has a love for all needlework techniques and finds it extremely rewarding to share her love with fellow stitchers. She encourages them to create and finish projects utilizing her original techniques and design ideas.

To view some of Giulia’s designs, visit her website: www.puntiantichi.com or her Facebook page Giulia Punti Antichi (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Giulia-Punti-Antichi/177312952291871).



Stitching Project:

Assisi Sewing Pocketbook
This spectacular trifold sewing pocketbook is a true collection of antique and traditional Assisi embroidery motifs. Assisi stitch is a typical method of embroidery where figures and motifs are created by void spaces highlighted in running stitch within a background worked in cross stitch.

Some of the motifs used in the pocketbook are a true rarity, because they reflect antique designs kept in historical archives in Assisi, a beautiful town of Italy. Guest instructor Giulia Manfredini had the privilege to view these pieces and pull inspiration for the projects she created exclusively for this trip.

The Assisi Sewing Pocketbook features a fully embroidered outside with three large bands. Inside there are two large pockets; one pocket features rings to keep threads and the second is designed to hold the scissors inside their case and the scissors fob. Inside this pocket there is also space for a minder and a small ruler, which are limited editions for this model (available during class as a separate purchase). The last part of the pocketbook, corresponding to the embroidered front flap, hosts at its back the pin band and the needlebook. Two handmade Deruta majolica beads decorate the front closure and the scissors fob.

Worked on a beautiful ecru 30-count linen by Sotema, Italy, with hand-dyed cotton threads by DMC and Romy’s Creations, this elegant pocketbook will be a true Assisi “collection of sampler motifs” to be used for future models by the stitchers.

As an addition, we will create a lovely Christmas ornament, cross-stitching over three threads of fabric and reproducing the true Assisi stitch. We will master this particular way of embroidering as it was done in the past and is still done nowadays in Assisi. Small loop tassels, also typical of Assisi embroidery, and pulled Punto Quadro define the edges.
The stitches used are: cross stitch over two and over one, cross stitch over three, running stitch, backstitch, pulled Punto Quadro and Nunn stitch.

Class Kit
The Class Kit fee is $120 and payable directly to the instructor at the first class session. Your class kit includes all stitching and finishing materials plus the majolica beads. Detailed stitching and finishing instructions as well as historical information about Assisi stitch and the town of Assisi will also be included.
Note: Special accessories will be available for separate purchase.

Participants should also bring a basic stitching kit, hoop and a non-electric magnifier, if possible.


Project photo:
ASPB

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