Yesterday craftswoman Olesya Abramova introduced the journalists at the City Press Center to Jacobean hand embroidery, whereas today the region's presentation area hosted a Brazilian embroidery workshop.
Workshop participants were transported to another continent, from Merrie England to sizzling Brazil. All they needed was a standard embroidery set: hoops, thread and needles.
While the previous day the workshop participants embroidered butterflies, today's theme was flowers, the favorite subject of Brazilian embroidery.
We don't know whether Escrava Isaura used this technique (and whether she did any embroidery at all), but generally this kind of embroidery is a great thing to do while watching a soap opera: your hands are busy, your mind is alert, and if you try you can fashion a real masterpiece by series 147. Or maybe even sooner, as luck would have it.
The flower should appear three-dimensional, which involves the already familiar weaving with a needle. But the stems should be hemstitched, which makes the result appear textured.
After a piece of cloth was fixed in the tambour hoops, the participants sketched a flower and began to embroider. Everything starts with three or four simple stitches, and then the shape of the petal is embroidered. Although the master assured the journalists that the technique is much simpler than Jacobean embroidery, they didn't seem to believe her.
Using precise movements Olesya punctured the cloth and left the needle in it, and then worked the thread over the needle. More experienced students got well on their way, and their flowers quickly obtained a volume while the others were still trying to figure out the technique.
It turned out that the work does not end here — in order to lend volume to the flower the bottom of the petal should be lifted. Here the technique looked more like knitting as the thread was twisted into a loop and flung over the needle, and the whole structure was then fixed. The number of stitches and their position on the flower was left at the participants' discretion.
"You can make as many as you want to. This is your flower, it is the way you see it. You are an artist now," Olesya told her students.
In the midst of the flower business a group of foreign tourists turned up in the region's presentation area.
"This World Cup is great. Normally people go to Moscow, and that's it, but now they have an opportunity to see the whole of Russia," the participants shared their impressions.
Meanwhile, the workshop went on, and despite the master's call to let their imagination loose, she was asked questions about the number of stitches again and again. Olesya noted that the craft is harder for the beginners, and there is only one way to master it — by practicing.
Olesya tried to explain that "you have to get the hang of it," but the language barrier proved a challenge. Everyone pondered the hurdles of translation for a moment.
Nevertheless, regardless of all the problems everyone had a gradually emerging contour of snow-white three-dimensional petals, and the colorful flowers opened up on the cloth in front of the journalists' eyes.