Il Retino Tablemat
Il Retino, the technique of producing net from linen and embellishing with woven designs, is one of the classical Punto Antico styles. This technique binds the fabric threads to form a fine mesh on which the weaving is worked, giving the project the inherent strength of the linen background, whilst maintaining an airy feel of the net against the solid linen.
The entire mat is edged with a simple drawn thread border, and a traditional folded hem detailed with a Bullion Picot finish.
Il Retino was traditionally worked in monochromatic tones, but the subtle shades of modern coloured linens work wonderfully with the lustre of the Pearl thread and the texture of the Bullion knot tile designs to give this project the classic elegance of yesteryear.
Comprehensive stitch diagrams and construction instructions are included.
16 pages, A5 booklet, photographs and pattern chart