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Monday, 21 February 2011
Red - again!

This is Marie-Louise Leidier 1905-1906 from Petits rouges d'ici et d'ailleurs by Muriel Brunet and Françoise Ritz, stitched on 38ct nacre Gander linen with AVAS 2925 and hem-stitched with DMC 644. This was one of the projects that I took with me on my recent trip to France in case I had time to stitch but only a few stitches were made there. French designers, French linen, French silk thread and started in France - rather apt I think!

Whilst in Paris I also visited the AVAS Warehouse where there were sumptuous silks on display - a stitcher's heaven!

And a new start. This is Anna Millet 1895 © Reflets de Soie which is a private SAL which I am doing with the lovely Yuko. This is my second start as for some reason I originally decided to start this in the middle of the sampler but I miscounted and when I tried to unpick it I discovered that the red thread had stained the linen so a fresh piece of fabric had to be overlocked (serged) and dyed with walnut ink. This piece actually looks more 'vintage' than the first piece - check out the small 'dirty marks'. The fabric is my favourite 48ct Gander linen with HDF OMG Red 1149 silk thread. I re-started it in the top left-hand corner which is my usual starting place. I am hoping that my red wall will soon be filled. I wonder how Yuko is getting on with her SAL?

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  • On 21 February 2011 at 19:40, Blogger staci

    Another gorgeous red finish! I can't wait to see your red sampler wall~~I know I'll be drooling with envy, lol!

    The AVAS Warehouse...I bet it was hard to leave there!

  • On 21 February 2011 at 23:48, Blogger Kate

    I'd love to see that warehouse! Lovely finish and another lovely start. I'm interested to read about the walnut ink dye process - I've not heard of this before.

  • On 22 February 2011 at 00:36, Blogger Yuko

    Dear Carol,
    I haven't started Anna yet, as I was working on Mary Glover SAL, but was not sure the combination about fabric and thread...
    So I was thinking about it and went to bed earlier last night...

    Anyway, from now I'm going to start Anna finally!
    I don't know I can update my blog today, but try to do it! :D

  • On 22 February 2011 at 01:02, Blogger Pointed Stitcher

    Beautiful finish. Hope you didn't have too much done when you realized the thread was bleeding ;)

  • On 22 February 2011 at 03:03, Blogger Brenda

    WOW! Another red finish and another start!!! Good for you!!!

    Love the pics of Paris. Now I wished I had ventured out more on my own. Oh well....I'll live through your pics!

  • On 22 February 2011 at 07:57, Blogger VALIE

    I like the Louise Leydier sampler, and I am sure the next one will be lovely too !

  • On 22 February 2011 at 20:00, Blogger Bertie

    Love your red sampler, always wonderful and great memories starting it in France.
    Great to see you went to the AVAS warehouse, I missed that last time, do you need an invite or just barge in:))can just imagine it must have been heaven.
    Anna is beautiful, look forward to the progress.