Our Picasso style glasses case called ‘TWO FACE’, was designed exclusively for our TWENTY-EIGHTH FREE VIVA ZIVA ! Newsletter #2128.

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From the 1930s onwards, there was a clear surrealist approach to Picasso’s works, with a complete disregard of the conventions and proportions of the human form.

This is very evident in the portrait (left) he painted in 1962 of a woman, thought to be his then wife, Jacqueline Roque.

His women's facial features are similar to African masks, as Picasso was greatly influenced by the "raw expressive power" of African and Oceanic tribal arts.


According to many art experts, Picasso's work questions the way society looks at women.

The edges of the women's bodies are sharp, depicting them as almost objects, making Picasso a sympathetic commentator on the plight of the prostitute and of women in general.

However, everything was complex in his life, including his pursuit for love. Many depict Picasso as a manipulator and abuser of women.

In his art, women were not trivial objects - they were his inspiration.


We focused our design concept solely on this woman’s face from the 1962 Picasso painting.

By folding over the square design to create the glasses case, we’ve created two different facial features and colour schemes for the same face  - one for each side of the glasses case - called TWO FACE! 

The size of the stitched area of the case, as shown in the photo at the right, is 7” x 7” (approx. 18 cm x 18 cm), before it is folded to create a the final glasses case shape at approx. 31/2” x  7” (9 x 18 cm).


With our selection of yarns, we tried to stay true to Picasso’s colour palette of red-rust, warm green, blue and a neutral range of white, greys, blue-greys, and black. 

With the concept, each side of the finished glasses case shows a slightly different look to the same face!

Why not try making up something bolder and funkier with this design - like this small handbag? 

We’ve shown it as a small 7” square handbag with a very wide leather strap……. 

....but it could also work well as a clutch bag, or by adding more rows with a black border, you can create a larger bag!

Use your imagination!


We wanted to recreate Picasso’s painterly textures for some parts of the glasses case!

How do we do it?


We started with DMC’s Mouliné Spécial 6-ply thread and separated the strands to create several different colour combinations to make up one 6-ply thread.

We found that the more contrast in the thread colours, the more texture was created.

From all the combinations we tried, we selected 4 from the above that closely as possible resembled the texture in Picasso’s original paintings. 

We will give you all the details in our ZIVA Newsletter #28 on what strand colours we used and how many strands you need each to create these effects.  


To show the beauty of the texture even more, we decided to use the Straight Gobelin at 4 stitches long and stagger it, to give a random feel to the texture (photo at left).

Great result! 

We hope we have given Picasso’s painting technique justice!


What’s in the ZIVA Newsletter:

  • The twenty-eighth VIVA ZIVA! Newsletter updates you about our latest paintings and latest new designs!
  • A needlepoint chart and instructions on how to do the free glasses case design, ‘Two Face

  • A list of readily available yarn colours and the size and type of canvas to purchase.
  • I also answer your FAQs and more!


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