Fior di reticello, which continues the theme of reticello begun in Volume 3, goes deep into the detail, especially for the new designs and the use of colour in reticello: from just two colours to the wide variety found in the final section of the book. The use of colour was a gamble for me, but since then the consensus has been overwhelmingly positive, at home and abroad.
Many of the works illustrated are further enhanced by use of the "punto chiaro" technique. One particular example, which is explained in great detail with diagrams and scans - as is my wont - is a cushion presented by my School to the 2005 Italia Invita Forum in Rimini. Here I inserted, within larger "windows", more complex motifs and fine bars which blend with the embroidery work to create a lace-like effect. As mentioned in Volume 3, you have a greater possibility of working on more complex and delicate patterns if you have some knowledge and experience and if you follow the instructions in the book: here too I always start from a "simple" project, such as a cushion, and work up to larger and more complex.