Embroidered Linen Tote, with a heart

Embroidered Linen Tote

This here is one my most proudest embroidered projects, another example of using stitches in such a way that their beauty just stands alone. I finished this tote several months ago, have even used it a ton, but never got around to blogging it. Now that I think about it, I can’t even remember now how the idea occurred to me in the first place but I happened upon this stitch in a French stitch dictionary and knew it’d be perfect for an all-over effect.

Embroidered Linen Tote

Of course I don’t speak French so I have no idea what the stitch is called, but I love how it looks almost lacy when used as a solid fill like this. Delicate, even though it’s really very simple and is only made up little straight lines – a zillion of them, but still just plain, straight stitches. The lining is, I think, a Lecien print that I imagined with my brain as I was embroidering – I knew there was nothing I could use but the tiniest yellow flowers. Luckily, someone had thought ahead and manufactured it for me. Phew!

Embroidered Linen Tote

I have a few ideas for more stitched totes – maybe I’ll even get to them eventually! And one last thing — before we go, please notice my little tag, with two wee buttons because, you know: button, button …

6 Comments on Embroidered Linen Tote, with a heart

  1. Yuuna (優菜)
    August 18, 2011 at 14:29 (6 years ago)

    The heart is really cute! I like the bag; tote bags can be really fun to decorate and personalize like that!

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  2. Scrapiana
    August 18, 2011 at 17:30 (6 years ago)

    Can you give us the French name for this stitch? Wonder if it’s a relative of ‘Assisi embroidery’?

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    • julie
      August 18, 2011 at 23:19 (6 years ago)

      Hi Eirlys – yes, of course! Sorry I didn’t think of it myself! The name in my French dictionary is given as: point de croix chinois. The example is shown as just a row of joined stitches, as if they mean it to be used for a border or similar. I just did lots and lots of rows all jammed up together. :)

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      • Scrapiana
        August 19, 2011 at 14:05 (6 years ago)

        Hi Julie, that would translate as Chinese cross stitch. I’ve tried to find a stitch by that name without success. Could be that it referred to design, not a stitch. Interesting, though, and effective.

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  3. judithkingston
    September 6, 2011 at 16:13 (6 years ago)

    Beautiful! Any plans for mass production and a web shop…?

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    • julie
      September 9, 2011 at 13:14 (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Mrs. Kingston! Erm, not so much – not unless I am suddenly presented with a band of Oompa-Loompas to help with all that embroidery! :) No, I would actually love that, but the stitching alone took me weeks and I’m not really a great sewer, so the tote itself isn’t really perfect enough to sell. I do, however, have a piece of lovely black linen sitting on my desk ready for me to start a new one for myself, hopefully as soon as the little song lyrics project I most recently blogged is finished. I’m still mulling over the stitching plan, but there is a technique I’m interested in learning more about, so I think I might use that as an excuse! More on this soon, hopefully. :)

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