Tiny Homage to Notre Dame from the BEST Embroidery and Cross Stitch Book

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Oh. My. Goodness. Reviews dedicated to a single product are not something I do on the norm—and no I didn’t receive this book for free. I bought it fair and square and loved it SO much, that I just had to share it with you!

I’m guilty of not buying many crafting, nor sewing books—individual patterns? Absolutely! So many wonderful artists and fellow small business owners on social media give me the chance to create adorable things, but most sewing and crafting books have only a handful or projects or patterns I like—and lets face it—fabric choice plays a huge roll in whether I spend hard-earned money on these products.

As someone who sews every day and has for years, I only have 5? No 6 crafting books in my arsenal.

Well, now I have 7!

I came across “A Rainbow of Stitches: Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Ideas” at a local bookstore and could NOT put it down. Minimal wording featuring almost exclusively patterns and pictures for both cross stitch and embroidery—at over 80 completely conceived projects and 1000 motifs and patterns, I nearly screamed “TAKE MY MONEY!” at the store clerk.


Combing through this glittering treasure trove of possibilities, I came to see most projects are offered as ideas and the book trusts the reader to be intuitive enough to figure out most of the conceptual designs (like a square pin cushion or pillow).

The real treasure is buried between these “finished projects.” Pages and pages of ready-to-transfer patterns and motifs divided by color and theme. 


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The pink section is really what compelled me to fling money at the store clerk! Most of which is traditional flowers and ribbons, but the rest features scrolling Parisian cafe chairs, lamp posts, floral store fronts, parasols, and fashionable silhouettes of women ready to grace tea towels and book bags.

The other colors feature ocean-going themes for blue, summery fetes for orange, and lovely botanicals in every color.

Fate, I suppose, would have it that two days after purchasing this gem, the tragic Notre Dame fire broke out and brought Paris—and much of the world—to tears.

Not to insinuate that the religious significance holds true for everyone on the planet—but the spiritual essence, the relics, art, and classic Gothic architecture have inspired painters, writers, and artists across the globe. I’m certainly one of them.


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When I lived in Normandy during my study-abroad semester in college, I took many pilgrimages to many cathedrals. They are all breath taking—the cathedral of Nantes was my particular favorite with its beach-inspired pastel stained glass and sheer magnitude (it’s much bigger and better lit than Notre Dame de Paris), but Notre Dame’s bell towers are what astonished me.

My husband and I have fond memories of standing in the frigid spring air, waiting in line to climb those stone steps. I won’t recount the entire story, as you can read it on my travel blog here, but suffice to say it was one of our favorite stops in Paris.

So many things I learned in France—the sheer weight of life and that “waiting” for things to make me happy, along with lessons of food and consumer consciousness, more empathy for my fellow human, and learning to work to live—instead of living to work—are all lessons which have stayed close to my heart since returning to the States.


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The lamp post embroidery was also inspired by the "Pink Parisian" section of "Rainbow of Stitches"

Part of my soul will never leave France, and I experience intermittent compulsion to return quite frequently. For now, I’ll stitch the monuments I loved visiting—Notre Dame being one of them.

Remembering the pink section of A Rainbow of Stitches was Parisian themed, after seeing the horrendous news about the spire collapse, I thumbed the pages to try to find a motif of the beloved building now aflame.

There was a tiny pattern, perfect for a coin purse, handkerchief, or tea towel. I sketched the cathedral on a small square of upcycled cotton sheet and began stitching my feelings away.

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After a few sketches and trials to make a chubby framed coin purse pattern, I turned it into a tiny pouch for the coins that always accumulate in the side or bottom of my handbag. There’s just something romantic about a tiny coin purse with vintage flair.

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I’m thinking about offering it as a pattern in my store—or simply making these for people to buy. Not sure yet, but if you have a preference, please let me know in the comments! 👇👇

These birds though, look very nice on my thrifted-bed-sheet bathroom curtains (the simple tutorial can be found on my Instagram page here).


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Eventually, I’m determined to get to all of these tabbed projects, but that may take a while 😉 


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Happy stitching,


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