Here are the explanations needed to embroider the letters of an alphabet with the technique of Richelieu Embroidery. This is one of the techniques that are part of what is called Whitework.
It bears the name of “Richelieu” (1585-1642) in memory of the minister of Louis XIII who imported it from Italy to the French court.
You will find all the letters of this alphabet to download HERE.
The letter that we use as an example measures 12 cm in height, it is embroidered on white linen with DMC “special à broder” cotton n ° 30 and DMC stranded cotton color B5200.
Border the entire embroidery pattern with 2 rows of split backstitch and the “special à broder” thread.
Embroider the first part of the pattern with blanket stitch and the “special à broder” thread. The chain of the stitch must be on the side where the fabric will be cut, so here turned inward.
Following the line of the bridle on the fabric, stretch the thread to the first part of the work passing under the chain of the blanket stitch.
Finish the bridle by hanging from underneath the thread in the chain of the blanket stitch embroidered on the edge of the pattern.
Embroider the petals with satin stitch 1 thread and stranded cotton. Fill the centers with French knots 2 threads and 1 wrap.