Sunday, May 08, 2011

A promenade through French Blogs

A while ago, I happened upon a French embroidery blog and that began a week-long surfing expedition through blogs it linked to, and blogs they linked to, etc.

I can't tell you all the blogs I visited, but I started out at Facile Cecile's blog here. Her blog title actually means "It's easy with Cecile." She is a teacher and designs projects that a group of women work on together. (I don't speak French and Google Translate isn't the best, so I'm apologizing in advance, if I don't quite get it all right...)

One interesting thing about this group of French embroiderers is that they like to embroider much more on patterned fabric. They refer to surface embroidery as "traditional embroidery" as opposed to Ribbon Embroidery or Cross Stitch, which is also very popular. I kept wondering what SAL stood for, since I assumed it was an acronym of French words - imagine my surprise to find it meant "stitch-along"! It was a "Duh" moment for me....

These are both by Cecile.


When they attach a motif, like a "silkie", they embroider all around it, differently than I've seen. Sometimes the motif is not square or rectangular, it's very irregular. I saw it over and over, wide branches and flowers, blending the motif into the background fabric.


One of the projects was a design of poppy pods, where each pod was broken up into 3 or 4 vertical areas, and then each area was embroidered differently, say one area with beads, one with stem stitch, one with bullions, etc. They seem to have very interesting and beautiful ribbons....


There is often quite a mix of all different fibers in one project...on patterned fabric again. You'll see chenille wound with floss as stems, for instance...and lots of layering of ribbons.


There is a lot of embellishing of patterned ribbon...




I saw some ribbon embroidered flowers, where some of the ribbon looked like strips of tulle. I couldn't tell if it was cut by the stitcher; or if it was bought, but it was often space-dyed. Does anyone know anything about this? Check out the pictures below...

I'd like to experiment with a more loose style like this...

Happy Stitching,
Lin Moon

5 comments:

Carol said...

Wow, very gorgeous work. I'm usually scared to seek the foreign blogs unless they are on blogspot since I have run into virus situations on Canalblog. But I am drawn to have a look. I love the idea of attaching a silky with embroidery.

Pat Winter said...

Amazing..please email me Lin Moon :-)
Smiles,
Pat
angell100@comcast.net

FredaB said...

Hi Lin

Thanks for starting me on another journey. Like I don't have enough gorgeous blogs already we now have more.

I am trying to catch up but will definitely go to hers when I have the time. I loved what I saw.
The ribbon covered with beads on the end was a good thought and I liked the way they stitched around the irregular silkie.

Hugs

FredaB

cécile said...

thanks!!

Ellen Anne Eddy said...

These are so lovely. I love your Alice Rabbit.
Thanks for listing my blog on yours. I'll be returning the favor.