Story of the Notre Dame de Paris design
The Notre Dame de Paris embroidery design is one of our most precious patterns. You may know that Charles is born and raised in the French Capital. Thus, when the old towers of the iconic church Notre Dame de Paris burnt, it was like a stab in the chest.
Hand embroidery became the immediate refuge to collect the thoughts and calm down. Along with the therapeutic effects of stitching, came a wonderful and unique embroidery design. As a result, this pattern is a salute to the glory of the oldest towers, which is emphasized by the perspective of the design.
The perspective is from behind the church, as this is where the tower is seen the best. Furthermore, there is wonderful greenery that lights up the scene during the spring and summer time. The green creates a graphically appealing contrast to the black contours. However, if you prefer a more clean look you can choose to not stitch the leaves, but rather focus on the church structures.
Embroidery stitches used in this pattern:
- Back stitch
- Satin stitch
- Straight stitch
Materials you need to complete this embroidery design:
- 🖼️ Cotton canvas (or any non-stretch and non-transparent cotton fabric such as Duck canvas 7oz)
- 🖼️ Embroidery hoop of 20cm (8“)
- 🎨Embroidery needle (We love to use 1-5 Bohin France or DMC needles)
- 🧵 Embroidery floss (DMC colour codes are indicated on your pattern pdf)
- ✂️ Scissor
- 📝 Carbon paper for transfer (Alternatively solvy paper, iron-on pen or any other transfer method of your preference)
- 🖊️ Pointy ball point pen
- 📏 Optional: Small ruler
Here is an article with more information about the various materials that we use.
→ Included in your pattern pdf is a video tutorial on how to transfer our architectural hand embroidery designs with carbon paper.
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