Story of the Restaurant from le Marais design
The Restaurant from le Marais embroidery design is a textural dream for all embroiderers. Despite the high level of texture, this pattern still keeps to our philosophy of only using few embroidery stitches. You will embroider the contours with the back stitch technique, the sunshades with satin stitches, the tree with straight stitches and lastly the ivy with knotted stitch (French knot).
All in all you will use a four stitches to embroider this gorgeous design! It’s not the number of stitches that makes a design more or less beautiful. Rather, it’s the way you are creative with fewer techniques that will make all the difference. The scenery is inspired from the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, where for example the restaurant “Chez Marianne” is located. On its walls, the restaurant has a wonderful deep green ivy. Thus, to best capture the vividness of the ivy, you will stitch your French knots closely together.
Furthermore, by using two nuances of green, you will also capture the light more effectively. In other words, a lighter shade of green for the french knot ivy above the sunshades, and a darker shade below them. The reason is that the sunshades naturally creates darker shadow on the wall below. Hence, to enhance the perspective and realism, we recommend to use difference nuances.
The same applies to the tree, which uses a third nuance of green. However, for the tree, you will embroider with a very light green, as the tree is the most exposed to light.
Embroidery stitches used in this pattern:
- Back stitch
- French knot
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 15cm (6“)
- 🎨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.
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