It’s possible that I’m the only person in embroidery-land who hadn’t heard of Maison Sajou. It’s a French company that sells things to do with embroidery: books, fabric, needles, patterns, pins, thimbles, threads, thread cards, scissors…browsing through their online catalogue is a wonderful way to daydream for hours! In fact, they seem to know embroiderers quite well; they call their catalogue a “bedside book for embroiderers!”
I have mixed feelings about finishing the Royal Persian Blossom project. The overwhelming emotion is pride and a close second is amazement; pride that I finished it in a reasonable amount of time and astonishment that I stitched something that was rather difficult.
The first post about this piece went on to the site on August 10, 2011. I must have started stitching not long after that date so the whole piece took just under 7 months. Of course, I didn’t work solely on the Royal Persian Blossom piece for all that time. I did stitch a little every week and some weeks quite a lot.
My new project is the Royal Persian Blossom produced by Talliaferro. The design and the colors are just beautiful. It’s a kit that isn’t a kit: when you order you receive the design, a basic crewel stitches guide, a yarn chart, instructions for before you begin and a detailed stitch guide. After I’d looked through everything, I decided to get started, frame up and transfer the design right away.
Well, I learned a couple of things during this long, drawn out process.