This sixth opus in the Museums and Heritage Collection contains not one cross stitch pattern chart, but two!
The Palace of Versailles… I have been living next to it for almost 30 years. The windows of our Maison Sajou offices overlook the Place d’Armes. Why did it take me so long to create a pattern chart dedicated to it? Maybe I was slightly intimidated by the vastness of the subject. It is true that the central theme of our Museums and Heritage Collection is the world of textiles and curiously enough, it was not an easy choice. I wanted this pattern chart to reflect an “ordinary” visit to the Palace, without taking into account the private visits to areas normally inaccessible to the general public. And then there is not only the Palace, but also the Trianons, and the considerable presence of Marie-Antoinette.
The idea gradually formed to create two pattern charts: one dedicated purely to the Palace and the other concentrating on Marie-Antoinette.
As with the other themes in this collection, there is a main pattern chart and smaller, simpler projects. Most of these cross stitch pattern charts are also available as kits: see our Cross stitch kits Versailles and Marie-Antoinette section.
The Chenonceau Château is the fifth cross stitch project in the Museums and Heritage collection. At the end of 2015, I was contacted by the Château de Chenonceau. The curator, Laure Menier, wanted to propose a selection of Sajou articles in the museum store. Obviously, nothing could make me happier! In December 2015 I took a trip to the Château and was overwhelmed! I had distant childhood memories of this uncommon edifice spanning the Cher River, but it needed adult eyes to fully appreciate the splendour of the place. I didn’t arrive with the intention of creating a project about Chenonceau but, as I progressed from room to room, the idea began to form in my mind.
Here is the resulting pattern chart and, as is the custom, the resulting smaller projects.
Most of these cross stitch pattern charts exist in kit form: see the Chenonceau Château cross stitch kits.
Go on the Chenonceau Château website for a virtual tour of this wonderful edifice.
I have always enjoyed interpreting my favourite things in cross stitch. Obviously, this trend increased when I relaunched Maison Sajou in 2005. Under the title of "Sajou Collection", you will find pattern charts created in the Museum and Heritage collection for our 10th anniversary, as well as old favourites: the colour charts, the embroidery scissors, the Sajou album covers, thread labels, etc...
A textile and haberdashery enthusiast from a very early age and compulsive embroiderer, Frederique Crestin-Billet decided to create an exceptional series of cross stitch charts: The Museum and Heritage Collection. Drawing inspiration from the most remarkable possessions in French heritage, each theme is designed to make embroidery interesting, intelligent and cultural. All the subjects start with a spectacular project which give a finished masterpiece measuring 60cm square. Smaller pattern charts and kits are derived from the main object, for those who don't want to embark on a massive project. The collection was inaugurated with the Toile de Jouy museum, a stone's throw from the Sajou offices in Versailles. In "Madame Sajou's Diary", you will find articles about the creation of these projects dedicated to the fabrics printed by Monsieur Oberkampf.
The Bayeux Tapestry is immense (64 metres) and choosing just a few scenes was not easy. There had to be boats, horses and some of the main characters. There also needed to be a map showing some of the places mentioned in the tapestry tale. As for the pompoms, they were added to show the seven colours used in the original tapestry. All is explained in detail on the back of the pattern chart. This spectacular pattern chart and all the ensuing smaller projects were designed by Frederique Crestin-Billet. They were inspired by the famous Bayeux Tapestry which is, in fact, not a tapestry but embroidery, using stem stitch, straight stitch and couching stitch. To make it accessible to all, cross stitch was chosen.
These “Tinctorial Plants” are the fourth project in the Museum and Heritage Collection. The aim of this collection is to offer embroiderers original subjects and discover different aspects of the history of French textile.
I got the idea for this theme when I visited the Textile Museum in Cholet. Apart from the rooms dedicated to the history and fabrication of the famous red handkerchiefs, this delightful museum has a small garden full of plants that are or were used for dyeing threads and fabrics. Flowers being a subject I am often asked to reproduce, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to create floral motifs related to textile.