Story of the Saint Germain des Prés design
Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement of Paris is home to numerous hidden gems. Thus, this embroidery pattern is inspired from these hidden backyards. When you enter the front gate it sometimes feels like you enter a new world. From the buy streets of the French capital into calm flowering idylls.
This pattern is perfect for beginners of embroidery or if you have just tried a few designs before.
The finished result may look intimidating, but we know that you can successfully embroider this! The key is to split up the process in “layered steps”. In other words, you will work with the lines in the back i.e. the contours of the building, first and thereafter work your way out with filled surfaces and last the greenery and stones.
To give you an extra confidence boost we have filmed a full process video where you can see a clearer view of the process. Thus, we recommend that you have a look at the video below before you get stitching.
Embroidery stitches used in this pattern:
- Back stitch
- Satin stitch
- Split 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 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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Then you’d want to have a look at our in depth Architectural hand embroidery and thread painting courses on Charles and Elin Academy!
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