Dentelles by Brodeuse Bressane

Another beautiful stitchalong for SAL Tuesday, this one starts 2 January 2015, and it is free to join.

Dentelles or Lace
Dentelles or Lace

From the Designer

Because you always have to start a new embroidery on January 1st (for good luck), why not participate in the SAL Dentelles ? It’s a pattern of 130 x 205 stitches, in cross stitch and blackwork, to be stitched on evenweave or linen.  The rules are the following :

  • inscription by email from today until the 30th of December 2014 :
  • start and dispatch of first stage Friday 2nd of January 2015
  • dispatch by email of the next stages, from Monday 12th of January 2015, after having shown the previous stage
  • the pictures sent will be used to make a round-up on the blog on Sunday, before a new stage becomes available (if you don’t want your picture in this round-up, let me know)
  • one stage a week will be made available
  • if you are a member of the Brodeuse Bressane FB group, you don’t have to register for the SAL; the different parts will be published in the group. You are also exempt from sending a picture to get the next stage, but pictures will still be greatly appreciated !

Sign-up closes:  30 December 2014
SAL Duration: 2 January 2015 onwards.

Why this chart?

I participated in the Brodeuse Bressane Fleur de Lys SAL from January this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Esther Franklin of Brodeuse Bressane runs a great stitchalong; she is very approachable and enthusiastic about different interpretations and her weekly photographs spur you on to keep up to the finish.

The Dentelles or Lace SAL deadline for registration is 30 December 2014, but registration is free.  An alternative is to sign up with Esther’s Facebook group Broduese Bressane, where all the SAL pieces will be posted weekly and you just need to save them as you see them.

As with last year’s design, there is no mystery; you immediately know if this is the style of project you wish to commit your time and effort.  The excitement from this style of stitchalong comes from  watching everyone’s unique combinations of floss and fabric seeing them progress in time with you.

The Dentelles chart includes cross stitch and blackwork; each chart segment being released weekly.  Esther provides such wonderful levels of support that I would recommend this stitchalong to an adventurous beginner or seasoned stitcher who wants to craft something unique.

Dentelles - progress on the model stitch
Dentelles – progress on the model stitch


Unlike Mystery Stitchalongs, Broduese Bressane provides all the information and a picture of the complete project from the beginning so you can easily decide whether this free stitchalong is for you.

You don’t need to be a member of Esther’s Facebook group, but it is the simplest method of joining this stitchalong, and it provides the most support, with a community atmosphere.

If you sign up for the Dentelles stitchalong via the Brodeuse Bressane blog, each chart segment will be emailed to you upon proof that you have finished the previous segment.  The chart will be sent as an email attachment which you open, save and print.

If you are a member of the Brodeuese Bressane Facebook group,  each segment will be posted in the group each week. Each chart segment will be posted as a .jpg image which you will need to save and print out (or work directly using a tablet or laptop).

Each of the chart segments are provided as clear black on white pictures. Esther uses a 10×10 grid and red lines showing the middle points of the design.  Very useful if you prefer to start in the middle than counting in from the edge of your fabric.

In earlier stitchalongs, Esther includes a shaded portion of the previous chart segment to aid with placement of later rows.  As this chart is designed as a monochrome, there are no colour symbols to differentiate.  However, there is nothing stopping you from stitching each area in a differing colour.

 Materials Required

To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:



Floss of one form or another.  As the theme is lace, Esther is using white floss on natural linen for her model.


Any evenweave or linen fabric (stitch count 130 x 205). This design is stitched over 2 due to the blackwork stitches. For 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 15½ x 21″  or  39 x 53cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

This will vary wildly depending on which floss brand you use, how many colours, if you include beads and if you use hand dyed fabric.  The costs for stitching this design as modelled (DMC white on natural evenweave fabric) are:

Chart:   free
Floss:   $0.90
Fabric: $15.90

Total: $16.80   ($27.00 AUD or €12.50 or £14.35)

Places to Buy


Colours Down Under stocks all your floss and embellishment needs. Also some plain evenweave and Aida choices.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of colours to suit your personal style. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.


Casa Cenina in Spain stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Polstitches Jo recommends “Georgian Sampler Linen to lift the use of the white thread enhancing the sampler.”

Sparklies “Since this is shown in white then my go-to colour would be Purpleberry Spludge, but any of my dark colours would suit.”

Chromatic Alchemy  “I do like this piece in whitework and I think that Aurelia adds depth and interest without overpowering the dainty design.”

United States:

123Stitch stocks all most of your floss and embellishment needs.

For Discussion

Will you be joining this stitch along? Will you be choosing soft ethereal colours to give your design that “lacy” look or will you be going bold and bright?


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Last updated: 25 November 2014


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