Orchid in Lunéville embroidery


My last embroidery piece achieves my luneville Embroideries' courses. This is an orchid embroidered in "stumpwork" style.

I have worked on two different frames.
On the first one, which was the main support (white silk organza), I have stiched the 3 white main petals with white transluscent splangles called in french "paillettes soleil" because of the form, see :

Then, I have stiched 5 green leaves in green flat spangles surrounded with golden beads.

See the green flat spangles

And the golden beads

I have stitched too on this frame the golden stems with beads and and golden thread called in french "fil lurex" which is like a very, very fine japanese golden thread.

On a second frame, I stitched 6 green leaves and the 2 white horizontal petals on white silk organza too strengthened with wire. The petals are surrounded with the "paillettes soleil" I already used. The veins in center are stiched with golden tubes. see here :

I stiched too the rose petal with rose curved spangles and some white transluscent curved spangles. see the rose spangles :

and the white one :

Then, I have cut the fabric (arrrgghh !) and attached the 2 petals on the main fabric in the center. I gave a form with my fingers and raised the petals.
I have cut the rose and white petal, as well the 6 green leaves, and in the same kind I have attached them on the main fabric with tiny stiches. I have modeled the raised pieces with my fingers and fixed them always with invisible tiny stiches.

Finally, I add for the heart, transparent beads an "paillettes soleil" stitched raised to give enhancement.

I positively love this orchid. It was designed by my instructor Carole Magne. I'll frame it (the orchid not Carole ;-)) in order to have it under my eyes whenever I want.

See you soon



Chain stich in Tambour work

Here are pictures from a french book in order to help to understand the basic chain stich in tambour work.

First of all, you have to strech very tighly the fabric on a frame, or a tambour leaving both hands available.

Then use a tambour hook like one of these (my personnal mini collection ;-)

And go on...

Keep something in mind : you have to rotate the hook to keep the thread attached.

Phase 1 :
Insert the hook through the fabric to the back of the frame with the right hand. in the main time the thread is held in the left hand underneath the fabric (do a knot like on the picture)

Phase 2 :
Catch the thread on the hook

Phase 3 :
Bring it through to the front without letting go the thread in your left hand

Phase 4 :
Rotate the hook 180°

Phase 5 :
Insert the hook a short distance ahead and on the stich line. Keep your stitch the same size

Phase 6 :
Put the thread around the hook

Phase 7:
A complete turn around the hook

Phase 8 :
Turn the hook 180 ° counter clockwise
Phase 9 :
Bring the hook up to he top of fabric

Phase 10 :
While keeping the thread slightly straight

Phase 11 :
Rotate the hook 180 ° clockwise
Phase 12 :
Insert the hook again a short distance ahead

Phase 13
Roll again a full loop around the hook and start again from phase 7.

In France, this is called "Point de Beauvais".

Enjoy !!


My first purse


I am very bad to sew, but I have finished this purse a couple of hours ago. i struggled with the finishing but it is done, yipeeee !!!

Close up

It is a Karen Torrisi 's kit I bought on her website.

This purse is a gift for my beloved cousin, Maguelonne. She hit 30 in may and we are celebrating by a family party next saturday. I hope she'll like her gift.

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Inchies crazyness


Do you know what inchies are ?

Basically the same as ATC but the size is different. You have to stitch and decorate a tiny surface 1"x1".

It is very challenging and some artists on the web use to make really pieces of art.

For a swap with my EGA 's chapter, I stitched 15 inchies using only one technique, my favorite : Luneville embroidery.

See ! You can click on each picture to enlarge it and see the details

These are the blue collection

These are the lace on black collection

These are the black and pearl collection

These are the silver and black collection

And finally these are the silver, pink and black collection

I used spangles, beads, gold and silver threads, and lace.

It was really fun to do. Now I'll send them to our inchies queen, and I'll wait for the one stitched by my group.

I can't wait to see them !!!!

A new blogger is born !


I start a blog in english for my american , australian and english fellow stichers.

In advance, forgive my approximative langage. I studied english in school and improved my skills reading a lot in english.
But don't forget that french is my native langage !

The purpose of this blog is to show what I am stitching and share tips and ideas.

I am a member of EGA (Embroiderers' Guild of America) with the CyberSitchers chapter. This is has allowed me to enroll for an Individual Correspondance Course : Introduction to silk and metal thread embroidery by Kay Stanis and a Group Correspondance Course : Summer dream by Luan B. Callery.

I am also a member of ANG (American Needlepoint Guild) where I choose to subscribe to a Correspondence Course : Golden peony by Marnie Ritter.

In France I took a Luneville embroidery class at Lesage, famous french embroiderer.
I stitched this dragonfly :

I love Luneville embroidery which is en english beading tambour work.
I took several classes with an excellent french teacher : Carole Magne. I'll finish the classes in august.

Here is her website

I love needlework so much, that I work with needles, bu for other purposes : I am a nurse !

See you soon