Isabella Workshop


This project was the idea for my Beadventure with Sabine Lippert. She suggested that we both take inspiration from a woman from the Italian Renaissance and suggested Isabella D'Este. She was a remarkable woman and her portrait was painted my many famous artists. I was searching for inspiration and found this lovely painting. Around her waist there is a chain hanging with a beautiful vessel called a pomander. This was the source of inspiration for my project.

A pomander, from French pomme d'ambre, i.e. apple of amber, is a ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris (whence the name), musk, or civet. The vessels which contained the pomanders were hung from a neck-chain or belt, or attached to the girdle, and were usually perforated in a variety of openwork techniques, and made of gold or silver in order to carry perfumes or talismans.

The vessel for this project has taken many shapes and took me forever to get the piece I wanted. It combines three stitches: RAW, peyote and the wonderful new Hubble stitch. The vessel opens to hold a treasure.

Participants should be proficient in peyote and the basics of RAW
One Day workshop