Sunday, 4 May 2014
Ever since I can remember, I've enjoyed embroidery. Not the fancy, perfectly smooth, perfectly placed stitches flecked with silver or gold, no, just plain ordinary stitches that keep the smile on my face and the furrows off my forehead.
So, when I was catching up on reading enjoyable blogs I found an article Carina had written on &Stitches on DMC in France. It seems they are compiling a number of letters, all embroidered in DMC 321. DMC 321 is the red colour thread that is traditionally used in all redwork embroidery. These embroidered letters will form part of a permanent DMC exhibition that will open at the Textile Museum Parc de Wesserling in Alsace later this year.
I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to do. It didn't take long to find a monogram pattern on Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread. However, when I printed it out and measured it, it was too big, as the square of fabric can only be 15cm and the monogram was 16cm. So I reprinted it at 70% and it measured 10cm = perfect!
When I was in South Africa in December 2013 I bought a few Frixion pens - in pink, purple, royal blue and red. They are brilliant for marking quilting lines and drawing off patterns and when you're done, you just hover your steaming iron over them and the ink disappears. I chose the pink one and drew off the monogram diagram and got stuck in. In total it actually only took a few hours but in reality, I stopped to fiddle and faff in the garden, repotted some plants, made our evening meal, stitched a little more and then set it aside for the night.
This morning after traipsing around a soggy car boot, we came home to a warm cup of tea which helped to thaw the fingers and, then while watching Crimson Fields on Catch Up, I got it finished. I'm pretty pleased with it actually. It's been pressed lightly, and the fabric has been trimmed to a 15cm square as required and it's in an envelope together with my details, ready to be posted off in the morning. I think it's exciting to be part of something so special and look forward to seeing it in amongst all the other letters.