It’s here! It’s here! The giant catch up post for TAC is here!
Last week the blog reached its 4th anniversary 🎂🎂🎂🎂 and although celebrations this year are slightly 😱 (sense the irony here) toned down, I felt there were a few things I truly owed you and it was high time I put things right.
It’s going to be a long post, packed with pictures and close-ups, so fetch a cup of tea, a snack, whatever you fancy really ’cause you’re staying here for a while. 😀
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The idea of a giant catch-up post using only one project came to me when I realised my current WIP offered a lot of bits and things that would have worked perfectly for The Alphabet Club – I just had to sum them up in a list that went from A to J! 😀 Surprised it didn’t hit me sooner? Me too! 😳 Enjoy!
- A is for.. (A is the letter I found more inspiration for, I wish D and E shared the same luck but.. 😬 you’ll see!)
albero = tree
arancia = orange (fruit)
arancione = orange (name of colour)
azzurro = light blue
animali = animals
acero = maple tree (the tree I’m stitching has lots of different leaves, no actual maple leaves but I thought I ought to mention is since maple syrup is only my favourite thing on earth! 😜🙌🏻🇨🇦 <– just so you know in my WP editor this appears as the Canadian flag
ape = bee
alveare = beehive
ali = wings
acini d’uva = grapes (we call uva the whole cluster or grapes, and acini or chicchi the single ball-shaped fruits)
If you look at the pictures I posted you will spot all the items I mentioned except two that require a bit more work on my part in order to show up! 🔍😉
- B is for..
bordo = border, margin, decoration on the outside of something
bianco = white (the name of a colour I used very little so far)
blu = blue
bacche = berries and more in general, all fruits that are small and round-shaped
- C is for..
cornice = frame
coccinelle = ladybugs
- D is for..
disegno = drawing
disegnare = to draw
disegnatore (m) disegnatrice (f) = illustrator
drago = dragon (usually Joan’s cup of tea but this time she didn’t go for a fantasy Tree of Life, should we pitch it to Joan, Jo? 😉)
- E is for..
erba = grass
- F is for..
foglie = leaves
frutti = fruits
fiori = flowers
formiche = ants (there won’t be actual ants in this design but I’m pretty sure we can assume a tree of life would have minuscule ants crawling over it 😀)
farfalle = butterflies (no reference to butter in the Italian name, what a shame)
- G is for..
ghiande = acorns
giallo = yellow
giardino = garden
- H is for.. ✽
Although H is a letter in the Italian alphabet, no Italian word starts with H. Weird, uh? I know! You can see for yourself by looking at the slimness of the H section from an Italian dictionary:
How can this be? In Italian we use letters like C and G before H in order to form other sounds the English express with K and J (letters completely missing from our alphabet for this very reason), so when you see a word like chiesa = church, that trigram chi sounds exactly like the word key. Same thing for my name, Chiara: key + ara as in arabesque but you have to roll your R like the Spanish do 😀).
So what are you going to do for H? I’ll play my trump card (which Italians call jolly, imagine that! 😀), I’ll show you something for another letter entirely:
✽ tucano = toucan
✽ pappagallo = parrot
✽ ramo = branch
✽ mela = apple (at first I saw apples when I looked at the red fruits, now I see pomegranates so I mentioned both! 😀)
✽ melograno = pomegranate
✽ libellula = dragonfly (again, another missed chance of having a bit of a magic in a name..!! 🙄)
✽ verde = green
✽ viola = purple
- I is for..
insetti = bugs (there are ladybugs, bees, dragonflies, butterflies – only spiders are missing! 😂)
- J is for..
Joan Elliott, of course! 😀
Can you guess what is going to appear next?
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So here it is, I hope you enjoyed the big list from A to J – I promise it won’t be like this long next time 😀 although I’m quite worried about finding something with K for next month.. there aren’t koalas in this design!! 😮
Thank you so much for waiting patiently for this one, see you next month! ❤️
P.S. just for fun, here are a couple more pieces I stitched recently, they are both kits from Crossstitcher issues, you can look at the 2016 finishes page to read all the details. 😊