Story of the Street of Arcachon design
Street of Arcachon hand embroidery design captures one of the charming streets in the French town. Arcachon is located about 55km south west of Bordeaux and is a popular summer destination. It’s a relatively new town, as it wasn’t declared an autonomous municipality until 1857 by Napoleon III. Coincidentally, it was the same year that the railway extension from Bordeaux to Arcachon was finished, which opened for rapid growth.
We had the chance to reside in Arcachon during the spring of 2016. At the time we lived just around the corner of the street that you see captured in the design. It gracefully turns in a way that makes you curious to know what is at the end of the road. This, as well as the typical Arcachonnaise Villa at the top of the road, was was caught our eye.
The Arcachonnaise (the local name for an Arcachon Villa), was inspired by Victorian Architecture. It’s the style that you can see on many of the old houses in the area, included the one that you see in the forefront of this design. Even though the style was criticised for generations, we absolutely love it! You can see the original road on the second product image.
In addition to the Arcachonnaise Villas, the town also has a great deal of Basque influence from the South, which is reflected in many other houses. Lastly, the town is located just next by Europe’s largest natural sand dune called “Dune du Pyla”. Hence, if this design didn’t manage to capture your curiosity for the town enough, the Dune is definitely a trigger. It’s absolutely breath taking and you should put it on your “to-go” list immediately!
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 Xcm (x”)
- 🎨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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