Friday, February 11, 2011

The Pre-Graduate

So with this next post, I'm not even going to try to come up with an anonymous name for my brother because my favorite thing to craft for him are things with his name on it... To add to his personalized collection of embroidered goods, which already is comprised of a laptop case, pillow shams, some more stuff, etc..., Pierre (that is his real name!) is now the proud owner of a throw pillow celebrating his time during his undergraduate studies.

I wanted to give it to him as a pre-graduation gift before he actually finishes his coursework so that it can enjoy time in the dormitory of the University to which it pays homage. In chain stitch with grey thread to resemble pencil doodles, the various motifs are embroidered on French school paper themed fabric and then appliqued onto blue chambray.

Good luck my darling brother for the rest of your semester!!!



  1. It is beautiful! You make chain stitch look so elegant!
    Where do you find fabric like this? Is it cotton?

  2. Chain stitch is, in fact, wonderful! Novice embroiderers move through chainstich to greater stitches as they acquire more skills the same way that an artist moves though to more and more noble mediums during their careers... but there is still something quite special about a pencil drawing, isn't there?

    The fabric is Français, of course ;) It is cotton and it's printed with a pattern of French ruled paper - this what the French children use to learn how to write, do math and even music. It's very multi-use compared to american ruled paper because it has a grid and also the 5 lines within each 1. Genius!

  3. Will Pierre use the lined fabric to embroider intelligent thoughts I wonder?