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17 Nov 2015

Cilaos embroidery - antique stitiching

In French: "Les jours de Cilaos"

The photo is from http://blogdefloralie.eklablog.com

Women on the French department La Réunion make this wonderful

embroideries and I am dabbling in it, too. I simply have to try it:

Counting the threads - I nearly can't see them. It is a 25-count

even weave. Every 5 threads needle down and up again. This helps

to pull and cut the threads lateron.

Reading in one of my "Inspirations" magazine (issue 79, 2013)

I found that it is is called Punto Antico or antique stitches,

which dates back to the 1400s --- They use a 38 count fabric.

How can they possibly still see this, maybe under a microscope?

 

The square is prepared The threads are waiting for

wrapping and knotting.

 

I spanned the threads across and made the buttonhole stitches

around the square.

 

I found the tutorial on this page here - It is a very slow procedure -
I am sitting already several days at it. No matter.
 
My thread is too thin - it is perle 8.
I regard it as an exercise! The flowers are called strawberry flowers
the round thing on top will be the crown.
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Apart from this delicate embroidery I am again occupied with
SharonB's TAST stitches. You will find everything here -
Meanwhile Sharon published 19 stitches. There will be many more.
I jumped in with the crossed buttonhole stitch (no.17)
making these little fir trees on a linen/cotton fabric.
The two small trees on the left are made with the
wheatear stitch (no. 16)
 

Below is my previous stitch cloth - I added the

half chevron stitch (no. 18) on the right side forming an edge -

with beads.

 

Below the whipped chain stitch (no number) ...

... on a nine-patch - inspired by Jude Hill, slow sewing all by hand.

So long!

 

11 comments:

  1. Merci pour le lien sur les jours de Cilaos !
    Et bravo pour vous lancer dans la réalisation du tutoriel !
    Bonsoir de la France très émue en ce moment ....

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  2. I love your Punto Antico, well done!
    xx

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  3. I love your latest experiment - your adventurousness inspires me:-)

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  4. You need to be very patient with the cilaos embroidery.
    I love your TASTy trees!

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  5. what a great job you are doing with your drawn and cut thread sampler. My eyes will not let me do smaller tan 28 count and that is a struggle. Tast stitches looking good, have not done any yet but maybe I will catch up soon, thinking I would like to make something with them rather than just doing samples

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  6. Lovely experiment! Thanks for sharing the link to the tutorial. (And I love your trees!)

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  7. Your Punto lace work is lovely you have so much patience. Now I like quick things.
    I always enjoy your stitching which is always so creative.
    Also love the header on your blog.

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  8. You drawn thread sampler looks good.. love the crossed buttonhole trees..

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  9. Lovely stitching as always. Drawn thread is something I want to do yet for my CQJP blocks (if I ever get back to them. Thanks for sharing yours!

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  10. Your cilaos embroidery is going to be absolutely lovely! I too am doing the TAST stitches though I am a bit behind. All your stitches are very nicely done and I especially like your trees as well.

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  11. Lovely work! I've wanted to try the pulled thread embroidery, but don't believe I have the patience or the eyesight!

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