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Ricami e Pizzi is an Italian embroidery shop specializing in the sale of hand-embroidered household linens. For the past 10 years, the on-line sale of hand-embroidered items such as center-pieces, tablecloths,  bedding sets, curtains, Christening gowns, wedding favor bags and wedding sets has linked tradition and modernity; this has been made possible by the professional service and commitment to customers, along with a passion for embroidery and lace, that have always characterized the founder members.

Tell us about your background and how you started your business.

The idea of having  products on the web was born from the need of offering a 24-hour-store where purchases are made by the ease of one click and where even the farthest customers can be reached without stealing from them a most important resource: their time. The Granati family, in the embroidery market since 1922, have thus launched Ricami e Pizzi: a combination of their passion for handwork and the modernity that has been slipping into the company day by day.

The history of Ricami e Pizzi began in 1922, when the grandparents of the current owners started the auction sale of rugs, fabrics and household linen, hand-embroidered and not, in the province of Bergamo. Later on, one generation after the other, the family moved to other areas of Italy and in 1980’s ended up in Treviso; once there, their children and grandchildren opened up a wholesale and retail business of household linen embroidered by hand.

Embroideries for sale are all of Italian design whereas their making is split between Italy and other foreign markets, especially European, South American and Middle Eastern. Our aim is to always offer first quality embroideries, as regards materials and handiwork, too; this requires careful selection along with special attention in terms of origin.

Ricami e Pizzi is also a real life store within the walls of the Historical Center of Treviso — for those customers who still love the city and are driven by the curiosity to find out and touch every single item. In 2006 we opened our online store “Ricami e Pizzi” for online sales: a new chapter of the book of the Granati family.

What are you most excited about in your business right now?

The most sensational aspect of the activity of Ricami e Pizzi is exactly this ability to enter everyone’s home and furnish the space in each room by coupling tradition and modernity, in accordance with customers’ needs. Where love for hand-made items is shared, different personal styles and habits are given the opportunity to relate to each other.

What is your dream for the future of your business?

The art of embroidery is definitely well-known and appreciated all over the world but is also part of a trend not always noticed or deemed of interest. In particular, the new generations, taken by technology and emerging fashions as well, often reject the elegance or value of certain works. The dream for the future business of Pizzi e Ricami is to be able to reach all age groups and turn the art of embroidery into a lifestyle rather than having it represent part of a past destined to be only tradition.

Giveaway prize

Pizzi e Ricami are offering a giveaway prize to one winner: Pure white linen runner edged by a hand-embroidered single knotted cluster valued at € 39.00.

Please leave comment here – the competition will be open for 48 hours – the winner will be notified by email. 

Now closed – the winner is Sonja comment #39 – thanks everyone for entering.


We would like to welcome advertiser Lyn Krawczyk of Fibra Artysta to whipup.net today, to feature her business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers.

I have a very simple business philosophy: treat people like you want to be treated and share everything you know.

Artists and crafters are a wonderful group of people, one that I feel honored to be a part of. And through my business, I’m able to move among them and really get a first hand look at the work they are creating. Its thrilling!

My goal is to continue to grow my business through writing and educating. Creating and living an artful life is where my heart lies and the more I can share it with others, the richer life is!

Where to find Fibra Artysta online: store :: website :: blog :: YouTube

Tell us about your background and how you started your business?

I’ve been a fiber artist for eleven years now. I focus mainly on art quilts and wall art. Its been a slow steady evolution – from crazy quilting to using found objects on art quilts and now to fabric collages that incorporate my favorite surface design techniques – the biggest love being screen printing with Thermofax screens.

A couple of years ago Quilting Arts Magazine asked me to do an artist demo at the International Quilt Festival. I chose to show printing with Thermofax screens and the reactions of the show attendees made me realize that the screens needed to be more widely available. They were met with a lot of curiosity and enthusiasm, a kind of spark that made me very excited to share them.

After that demo I came home and set up shop. I began writing articles for magazines about the subject and creating video tutorials and everything just clicked! Screen printing is a prominent technique used in my artwork and I’m madly in love with it.

Items in the giveaway: 2 screens of the winner’s choice (any size, any image including custom screens), 3 bottles of paint - winner chooses the colors, and my DVD “Print Design Compose”


What is the most challenging part of running your own business?

Trying to narrow down ideas! My mind is always spinning a million miles a minute with new and exciting projects and its hard to decide which ones to work on first! :)

Lyn (left) and Jackie Lams ( http://www.studiolams.com/ ) (right). She helps me fill orders in the shop.

 What inspires you to do what you do?

Being an artist has been a real gift in my life. Art came to me when I was in my twenties and once I found it, I knew I’d found home.

To put it simply, what I do helps other artists and crafters bring their ideas to life and that gives me great joy to know that I play a small part in that. It may sound like a simple thing – to sell screens for screen printing – but Thermofax screen printing is by far the easiest way to print an image!

I think the fact that its not intimidating has helped many artists and crafters realize that screen printing isn’t something to fret about, that its easy to take on and personalize your work with. I love seeing the light in their eyes when they realize all the possibilities that come with these humble little screens.

Today Fibra Artysta are offering a prize of 2 screens of the winner’s choice (any size, any image including custom screens), 3 bottles of paint , and DVD “Print Design Compose” to one lucky Whipup.net reader. So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 48 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck! Comments are now closed – a winner will be chosen at random and notified here and via email.

In addition Fibra Artysta are offering a discount coupon to whipup.net readers  Use coupon code WUP10 for a 10% discount on everything in Fibra Artysta etsy shop until August 31, 2011.

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