Manual Creativity Fair in Turin, Italy


The city of Turin/Torino has many incredible sights and places of interest. Located in Northern Italy, it is the capitol of the Piedmont Region.  It gained in popularity even more after the 2006 Winter Olympics, is the home of Fiat, and contains the Shroud of Turin, also known as the Holy Shroud, at the Duomo of Torino.  One building that has become the city’s symbol is the Mole Antonelliana, standing high above the city with its unique dome.  It is a major landmark building built between 1863 and 1888 and became the National Museum of Cinema.  I personally have been to Torino a few times, visiting family.  I must say, the people there are so very hospitable, the food excellent, and the scenery amazing.  One of the places I thoroughly enjoyed was the Basilica di Superga.  The view from the top was extraordinary and you can even see the River Po.    There is so much history and you feel like you are in a magical land.  The Castello Stupinigi was another place I visited that just makes your imagination run wild as to what events may have occurred there in the past.

I was spoiled by my cousins and aunts, who made homemade tagliatelle and spaghetti  (yes, by hand), a peach crostata with jam made with their own home grown fruit.  My cousins and aunts are also very talented crocheters and showed me all the beautiful things they made by hand.



With all this in mind, let’s go to Lingotto.  A place in Torino that is easily accessible from the city centre.


The exposition center in Lingotto is currently having an event this weekend, from April 7 to the 9th at their exposition hall.  What a huge and amazingly beautiful place it is, located, at Via Nizza 294, a former Fiat factory.   If you are anywhere near Torino, Italy, be sure to check out the incredible Handicrafts and Manual Creativity fair.  It features all types of works patiently created by hand, all unique and personal.  This includes candle making, cooking, cake design, embroidery, weaving, macramé, crochet, stenciling, painting, patchwork, jewelry making, decoupage and so on.  One of the sayings on the link below translates to “creativity emerges from the eyes, passes through the heart and is realized with the hands.”  It really struck me because you envision something, and then you end up creating it, giving you an inner sense of satisfaction.  This fair is a place to learn new techniques, take on a hobby or to just appreciate all the different things that hands are capable of making.

One of our own designers, Lucilla Alfano (Uncinetto & Amigurumi) will have a booth there, featuring her beautiful works of crochet  Amigurimi and she will also be teaching classes so you can learn how to make your own.  Lucilla has designed a gorgeous shawl that will soon be a CAL (but SHHH, you didn’t hear it from here).  Her patterns can be found on Etsy at

Attending this fair is sure to be a delightful sensory experience.  So much to see, so much to do!   Stop in, say hello or ciao to Lucilla, and send us pictures!  Here are some from Lucilla as she sets up to greet the public.



Check it all out at

Silvana Tabacchi








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