Going further with my cross-stitch embroidery learning, I am now starting a more difficult embroidery. It’s not only because it’s bigger than the others I made but also because to make this embroidery as it should be, I also need to make special stitches (half point cross stitch, covered half cross stitch, etc.) which give texture to the design and permit to restitute all its beauty associated with the basic cross stitches.
This large-scale embroidery is part of the “Prestige Collection” edited by Filanthrope Broderie in the heart of the Côte d’Azur – French Riviera by Christelle Gontier-Petiot with who I made my cross-stitch initiation.
Each year, Christelle proposes to her clients to make an exceptional embroidery with a theme. More than an embroidery grid, it’s a piece of art. In fact, all has been thought to make a high-quality embroidery: clear detailed directions with schemes and photos, quality threads delivered in a prestigious burgundy red velveteen case, clear and enlarged grid for more complicated parts.
As a beginner, the explanation of various stiches is essential, directions that are supported by videos on her blog. The comments of the clients are also available and permit to answer to some question you can ask yourself.
What make this case an exceptional one is that it’s available as a subscription and only on registration for 6 months, that is to say a limited-edition marvel. Each month, Christelle reveals and sends the supplies to make each part.
The 1st part includes a printed canvas (quality Jobelan cheesecloth), the threads for the 1st part, the explanatory booklet to make the different stitches, the successive stages to do, an embroidery needle, the grid.
That is how over the years Christelle proposed the following themes: Arthur and Guenièvre, Marie-Antoinette, Mistinguett, the queen of hearts. This time she proposes to make Cleopatra the queen of queens with turquoise, gold and ochre shades. The themes are always very feminine and romantic ones which development is sophisticated.
1st step: a part of the queen’s throne. I rather succeeded the whole embroidery. The red drape deserved to be better achieved (some opened parts are visible) but the experience will make do even better, no?