This stunning table runner by Œuvres Sensibles features trompe-l’oeil, black cotton thread embroidery hand sewn onto Antique French linen. Reminiscent of the still life drawings hang on the walls of our museum, each piece is a modest work of art that tells a story, a family memory, the art of daily life.
Sarah Espeute is a self-taught French artist-designer. In her studio in Marseille, located in the south of France, she explores embroidery in a poetic and minimalist way. Sarah uses two types of embroidery for her creations: traditional handmade embroidery in Marseille and Cornely embroidery on an old manual 19th century machine, in Paris.
Œuvres Sensibles, or Sensitive Pieces employs local embroiderers, artists like Sarah, living in Marseille that share the same love for embroidery. It is a small, local and friendly production team. It is also sustainable embroidery since each piece is handcrafted in France, in their atelier, with high quality French products, exclusively on vintage fabrics. Sarah loves old materials. Valuing the old and its durability, she collects linen & cotton textiles from private individuals all over France. These pieces are between 50 and 100 years and come with their own family history.
- 98 1/2" x 15 3/4"
- Features: 1 pitcher, 2 pears, 1 plate with rose, 2 tangerines & 2 sprigs of lavender
- Antique French linen and cotton hand embroidered with black cotton thread
- Natural tone of the fabric can vary from ecru to cream
- Handmade in Marseille, France
- Gently wash by hand using natural soap to remove any persistent stains before washing your embroidered linen in the washing machine. Do not use bleach as it will damage the fabric.
- Before putting your linen in the washing machine, carefully place it in a special bag for delicate linen or a pillow cover so that the embroidery threads are not damaged by rubbing.
- Wash in the washing machine at 30°C, cold, on the gentle program. Do not spin to avoid breaking the fiber of your linen.
- Once your embroidery has been washed, lay it out flat to avoid distorting it, away from any source of heat and in the shade if you are hanging it outside.
- An extra little tip: don’t let the laundry dry completely, it will be easier to iron. Iron your embroidered linen while it is still damp, using a hot iron and full steam. Always iron on the reverse side. You can also place a terry towel under the linen to avoid flattening the embroidery stitches and to give the work more embossed effect