Some of our fabrics are perfect for quick and easy upcycling with original embroidery stitches. Inspired by the very popular Swiss embroidery, have fun and let your imagination run wild with these simple techniques. The result is spectacular and gives a whole new dimension to the fabric. It is very similar to Swiss embroidery which is sewn on small squares.
Here we have used our black Travaux de la Manufacture coordinate 2.
You will need:
- A swatch of black Travaux de la Manufacture coordinate 2,
- Two cards of Retors du Nord embroidery floss – we used 2032 and 2196,
- A round tipped embroidery needle,
- A wooden embroidery hoop, 12 or 15cm,
- A pair of scissors.
Once you have finished the embroidery, you can make it into a cushion, as we have done. For the back of each of our cushions, we switched the fabrics: the noughts and crosses for the checkered cushion and vice-versa (see our video with the coordinate 1 fabric from our Travaux de la Manufacture collection).
But why not make a tote bag, a pouch or anything else that takes your fancy? Please do send us a photo of your finished project and we will publish it here. These models were made in collaboration with Catherine Rouchié, who is an embroidery teacher, as well as working at our corner at Le Bon Marché several days per week.