Most Popular Embroidery Patterns

Embroidery is a popular hobby enjoyed by men and women all over the world. This historic needlecraft has changed a great deal over its lifetime and has been given a high tech boost through the popular embroidery machines that can whip up a lovely design with a push of a button. When it comes to the most popular embroidery patterns, however, it does not matter if you intend to grab a needle and colorful floss or download a pattern on your whiz bang embroidery machine. The top five most popular embroidery patterns are: 1.) Historic red work. In days past, red embroidery floss was incredibly expensive and often used by itself to showcase the beautiful color. Red embroidery floss, just …

The Different Pastas in Italian Food

There are two main categories of pasta used in Italian food, dried pasta and fresh pasta. Right now there are over 350 different shapes and varieties of dried pasta being used in Italian food. Some varieties are common and others are specific to a certain regional area. The shapes used in Italian food can range from the classic tubes and strands to butterflies or bowties and even unique shapes such as tennis rackets. Italian food is taken very seriously in Italy and by law all dried pasta is required to be made with pure durum semolina flour and water. This standard is adhered to by most pasta makers all over the world and only this type of dried pasta is …

Skiing Holidays in La Tania

La Tania is part of the huge, world famous, alpine ski resort known as the Three Valleys which consists of 200 lifts and over 600km of patrolled pistes. It is the latest village to be developed in the Courchevel Valley and can be found nestled in a beautiful pine forest at 1400m. It was built as the athletes village for the 1992 Winter Olympics but has since grown and established itself as a superb resort in its own right without losing its village atmosphere and charm. It is conveniently located just a couple of lifts and a short ski away from Courchevel 1850 – the main hub of the valley, and the same distance from Meribel in the next valley. …

Ancient Ceramics, Bringing The Past To Life

For hundreds of years ceramics have been created to express emotions, reflect the period and attitude, and provide functional uses. As ceramics have evolved over these centuries and Arts and Crafts have evolved over the past century, most of the techniques and materials used to create ceramic pieces have changed very little. Less than a decade ago, ancient ceramics and modern Arts and Crafts materials came together to provide some insight into centuries old craftsmanship. The ancient ceramics had been excavated from a mid-16th century ship found off the coast of the Bahamas. The ceramics consisted of six indented pieces in the form of earthenware balls, or, probably more accurately, “blobs.” In each of these blobs is the clear impression …