Basketweave Tapestry Needlework Kit from Sanjou and The BagSmith

Basketweave Tapestry Needlework Kit from Sanjou and The BagSmith

The goodies have continued to roll in from my new friends at The BagSmith! A couple weeks ago a took a look at the beautiful Sajou handmade scissors that made me one of the happiest girls in the world, and today I get to take a look at another Sajou product – a Basketweave Tapestry Needlepoint Kit.

Everything is better covered in French, right?

Everything is better covered in French, right?

In case you missed my scissors review, The BagSmith is the only American distributor for the French company Sajou, who specializes in quality needlepoint and sewing supplies. Take a look at all of the beautiful Sajou products The BagSmith carries here.

Clear, beautiful, easy to read charts

Clear, beautiful, easy to read charts

There are 4 Sajou Basketweave Tapestry kits on The BagSmith site, and I got sent The Vivers Model, which is awesome because I’m such a sucker for coral and light blue!

From The BagSmith: With this complete tapestry kit from Sajou you will be able to needlepoint an 8″ x 8″ (20cm) square pillow.  The pattern was inspired by the cement tiles which were very fashionable in France in the middle of the 19th century.  Production of these tiles first developed in the Ardeche region.  The kit contains a 25 cm square piece of 5.2 mono canvas, the necessary Laine St. Pierre cards of yarn, a full-color pattern chart and an explanation of the basket weave stitch.  Backing fabric and stuffing are not included.

Great Laine St. Pierre yarn for stitching!

Great Laine St. Pierre yarn for stitching!

Since I’m a knitter I was immediately drawn to the piles of Laine St Pierre floss included in the kit! Piles and piles of it! I say floss because I’m just getting into this embroidery and needlepoint thing, and in the pattern description calls it yarn, but it’s more like super soft and fluffy thread. The colors are very saturated, especially that stunning coral!

Canvas and instruction

Canvas and instruction

I’ve never done basketweave stitch before. And honestly I didn’t even know what it was before I cracked open this kit! But I spent just a few minutes with this chart and the instructions, and it feels similar to cross stitch, so I think I can tackle it! The canvas is like a very stiff cross stitch fabric with larger holes.

I can't wait to get started!

I can’t wait to get started!

I absolutely adore project kits like this. Especially for a craft I’m not super familiar with! But because I’ve got all my materials and instructions together in this kit, I’m excited and confident to jump into this project! Once finished, it will easily be the fanciest pillow in my house and no one will ever be able to use it.

So be sure to head over to The BagSmith and order one of these super fun kits! They’d make anyone happy this holiday season. And if you are over holiday shopping for others I know this would make a fantastic selfish project after the holidays! I’m going to try to resist starting mine until then, but I don’t think I’ll succeed!

Again, a huge thank you to The BagSmith for sending me one of these beautiful kits. Look for work in progress pictures soon!

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