A Time to Stitch 5 post
Today is the reveal for My Country Blog Hop, an international event hosted by Canadian Nan Smith. A big thank you to Nan.
A bit about myself. My name is Ana Cravidao and I am from Portugal, a country in Southwestern Europe. In general, Portugal is associated with sunshine, beaches and good wine.
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Less known aspects are the old architecture, the tile making art and the pavements made with black and white limestone.
Tile making is a traditional art here in Portugal. It was introduced by the Arab peoples many centuries ago in the Iberian Peninsula. Their intricate designs were of the utmost beauty.
Tile work has evolved. From geometric motifs where the blue colour was generally used, nowadays any colours and motifs, or no motifs at all, can be used.
old artistic tile work
traditional tile work
artistic tile work
artistic tile work
My fascination with the elaborate geometric motifs in the Arab tiles as led me to choose, or should I say, to 'borrow' the Persian tile pattern from Marcie Abney.
I had planned to make a bracelet with several 'tiles' connected by wire links but I must confess that I ran out of time. I ended up with one 'tile' that I've attached to a silver plated trace chain. I hope you like it.
I look forward to seeing everybody's creations in this blog hop. Be ready to be amazed because there are great artists participating.
Nan Smith - the hostess (Canada) http://nanmade.blogspot.ca
Ana (Portugal) http://acbeads.blogspot.pt <--- you are here
Rita (Mexico) http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com
Dini (The Nederlands) http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Robin Reed (Indiana, USA) http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Lilik Kristina (Indonesia) http://pcbylik.blogspot.com
Karen Mitchell (South Australia) www.overthemoon-design.com
Melissa Trudinger (Australia) http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Johana Nunez (Puerto Rico) http://artincendi.com
Kepi (Alberta, Canada) http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca
Deb Fortin (Ontario, Canada) http://studiok24.blogspot.ca
Divya (India) http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Tammy Adams (Arizona, USA) http://paisleylizard.com
Baizoran (Bulgaria) http://bairozan.blogspot.com
Carolyn (Calif.&Pacific Northwest,USA) http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Linda A.(Washington DC, USA) http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com
Inge Van Roos (California, USA) http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Natalie (New Zealand ) http://www.northshoredays.com
Lori Schneider ( ) http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com
Mary Harding (New York, USA) http://maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Bouchra Rebai (Algeria) http://bouchrarebai.wordpress.com
Michelle McCarthy (Florida, USA) http://Fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
8,9,12 Viúva Lamego