9.21.2010

Inspiration : Blackwork

Strange name, I know. But those French, you've got to give them credit ... they KNOW how to do modern cross stitch. I seached high and low for a decent modern cross stitch book here in the States but all I found here was much to cutesy for me. I came across an Etsy shop recently called Petits Details that sells cross stitch books and sewing supplies directly from France. I bought several but my favorite has to be Blackwork by Sonia Lucano.


As much as I try to buy locally, sometimes you have to bite the bullet and order from another country when you find something that will push your art to the next level.


I might have bought the book just for the photographs, they're so beautiful! But the detail and design in French cross stitch is so incredible.


My mother's name was Mona. I love the book even more now because of this photo.


I just had to slip in a new little artifact I purchased from Three Potato Four shop since it goes perfectly with the photo. If you're curious, it's an antique rubber spoon mold and you can find them here.


The back half of the book contains detailed cross stitch patterns that are featured in the photographs. Of course, to tie back into my Idiom series ...


Get it? You can find this book and many more french sewing accessories at Petits Details' Etsy shop. She also has a nice blog that features products she's made with the materials she sells. Enjoy!

16 comments:

Inklore said...

oh dear, this is so tempting....

Chantal said...

I can see why you like it. It looks beautiful. I find both your work and this style refreshingly different.

AnastasiaC said...

oh i love Blackwork and have actually been eyeing this book after seeing it featured in Notebook magazine! lovely!

kathrynclark said...

I feel so lucky to have this book in my hands! And it is SO worth every penny!

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

I love this post! I searched on the etsy shop and indeed she has wonderful books.Thanks for showing.

petits détails said...

Thank you very much, Kathryn, for so generously mentioning my shop and blog. I love your work, your post is beautiful, not to mention inspiring, and it's nice to see this book (it's one of my favorites, too) and French cross stitch receive the acknowledgement they so deserve. Happy stitching - Shannon

Pinecone Camp said...

Hello from Vancouver!
I found you through BYW, just so you know. Love this post! What a beautiful book. I'm pretty new to knitting, and I've been thinking about trying cross stitching - you've convinced me!

smallsweetsteps.com said...

Great job Kathryn! Love it.

Frau S said...

Another hi from BYW. Lovely post and the book looks amazing!

Eduarda Magalhães said...

Hi from Norway!
The book looks amazing!
eduarda

cindyannganaden said...

What a beautiful book Kathryn. Thanks so much for sharing!!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Thanks for sharing this amazing book. I used to do a lot of stitching. Blessings from a fellow BYW student.

Fondly,
Glenda

Libby said...

I saw blackwork for the first time a couple of weeks ago so reading your post really has me curious. The book looks so tempting but I especially love the cat in your photo.

tau said...

I love blackwork. It's like the weird cousin to mainstream crosstitch. She might be different but is an absolute delight once you get to know her.

Julie from Knittlebits (& BYW)

Nicole said...

So pretty! I cross-stitched as a child, but certainly never created anything that looked so modern. Happy to have found you via BYW!

Ingrid said...

Just found you through BYW. Thanks for this interesting post - the book looks amazing and just what I need too.
I x

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