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Miniature nativity set in shell and olive wood handmade in Sicily

At MediterraneanArt we made available for shipping few nativity sets made of walnut shells and sliced olive wood picked locally (Messina) from our and friends fields.

My uncle Salvatore collects and picks during sunny afternoons branches cut for pruning and selects which walnuts are the best for his project. That is why every listed item is unique, I enjoy making many pictures of it. It depends on the walnut shell shape and sliced wood. About the whole process, the first step is the cleaning and smoothing the inner part of a shell, then brushing and varnishing to harden it. The second step is choosing what the best slice matching with the shape of the walnut, later cut accordingly to be stuck together. Once dry, my uncle glues the Holy Family in a circular shape, keeping Baby Jesus at the centre. All statues are stainless silver metal. I usually ship it safely and nicely using a thick paper box made by myself to fit the specific nativity. Please find purchasing details on the item page.

Give it not for Christmas only, is a unique gift for an extra-special family or person. When an item is handmade, it has meaning and value. Gift it saying you know the name of the craftsman who made it. Salvatore works hard making beauties with organic and recycled material, dedicating on his projects his experience and love. Visiting Sicily, everyone may notice in each house a nativity scene, bigger or smaller. It is our tradition.

When an item is handmade, it has meaning and value

Italy is worldwide known for Christianism. Nativity art has been crafted in Naples and later in Palermo. The first crib has been carved by Andrea Mancino back to 1494 in a town called Termini Imerese, inside the church Maria Santissima dell’Annunziata. Following are some reference links:

https://presepiando.wordpress.com/il-presepe-siciliano/

https://beniambientalieculturaliimeresi.wordpress.com/lo-scrigno-dei-tesori-artistici/il-presepe-marmoreo-di-andrea-mancino/

https://www.tempostretto.it/news/tradizioni-natalizie-origini-primo-presepe-siciliano-1494-termini-imerese.html

About the team and Etsy shop

My uncle and I come from a Sicilian village far from touristic routes, lived by local resident only. Back in 2013, we both did not have a stable job. I decided to open an online shop on Etsy. I can consider myself lucky to learn a lot from him. All started when he gave me some fabric yarns purchased in a craft fair. Since October 2012, I have not stopped knitting and sewing fabric jewellery. It really works on self-esteem and makes me proud of my abilities. I am passionate about craftsmanship. Now I live in Malta working as a librarian while I keep helping my uncle managing our shop. I strongly believe in a sustainable environment and in human being, supporting handmade and small business.
My uncle’s crafts are principally made of local or traceable wood and driftwood, getting inspired by the Mediterranean and the Aeolian Islands, so close to our coastline.

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Miniature nativity set in shell and olive wood handmade in Sicily

At MediterraneanArt we made available for shipping few nativity sets made of walnut shells and sliced olive wood picked locally (Messina) from our and friends fields. My uncle Salvatore collects and picks during sunny afternoons branches cut for pruning and selects which walnuts are the best for his project. That is why every listed item… Continue reading Miniature nativity set in shell and olive wood handmade in Sicily

Presepi in miniatura fatti a mano in guscio di noce e ulivo

Nel nostro negozio MediterraneanArt sono disponibili unici mini presepi realizzati a mano con il guscio di noce e un disco di legno d’ulivo della nostra area geografica (Messina). E’ mio zio a raccogliere e scegliere le noci per questi pochissimi presepi che crea ogni anno, uno diverso dall’altro per unicità e forma dovuti principalmente alla… Continue reading Presepi in miniatura fatti a mano in guscio di noce e ulivo

How to make · Our collection

Fabric t-shirt necklace collection

Knotting fabric yarns has become my favorite hobby to do when watching a film or a series. Sometimes I do also when listening to the radio. Starting in 2012 I have been making hundreds and hundreds of necklaces, short and long, knotted and braided, or just multi strands. Remnants can be cotton, stretchy linen, acrylic, microfiber so I enjoy the nuances and touching.

I was so excited when I sold the first one. It was during a Christmas market and it was a Christmas present for a friend. After moving to Malta few years ago, I sold some but because here summer is terribly hot and my stall was by the sea, I did not want to risk and damage them all because of humidity and salinity. So I have been putting all my energies on our Etsy shop since late 2017, even if we opened it back to 2013.

What I have found out through the years which one is more appreciated is the following type, easy and gorgeous to wear. You can twist it or either not. Try now how fun is making it!

4 t-shirt yarns of 100 inches each ( to get approx. 26 inches long necklace)

a nice button as closure

a needle 

some sewing yarn (same color of t-shirt yarn)

scissors

Tie a yarn keeping attention not to make tight knots but let them loose. While you are tying hold the yarn with the other hand, do not let it turning on itself. Leave about 1 inch of slack on each extremity, keeping attention on one yarn only to leave it a bit more, because you will use it to make a buttonhole.

When all yarn will be tied, put all of them next each other and check all of them. Make sure that all must have the same slack length except the one useful to make the buttonhole.

Now you can start sew them together, first from one side, then from the other.

Sew the buttonhole after checking the size of the button you chose. It should be not too big or too small to fit it and ensuring the necklace to remain close.

Sew the button on the other side.

Congrats! You did it!

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