One type of embroidery I haven't done a lot of since having children is monogram embroidery. Simply because it is incredibly time consuming. One letter may take 20 or 30 hours of painstakingly exact stitching. But after admiring the many beautiful examples of the work in the antique markets of Paris and Montsoreau, I've been inspired to get out my Broder thread once again.
I'm making a little pillow with Adelaide's initials. It will go with the lovely pale pink rib woolen cot blanket I recently bought her.
This is the design I am doing. It comes from this book, which I picked up in Mercerie St Michel in rue Charles Nodier, Montmartre. I was a little rusty on this type of work; I'm hoping my stitching will improve. I might find myself unpicking this first section.
To remind myself what to do, I had to refer to an instruction sheet that I wrote up for the classes I used to teach in monogramming. If anyone would like a copy of the instructions, please leave a comment. I'm happy to email it to you.