An embroidered alphabet: letter J

A very hurried post. J finished in good time – unusually for me – but called to London a bit earlier than planned and no time to do anything but the barest of posts until now.

Embroidered letter J (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Here is a Chinoiserie J – or is it Japonisme? Whatever it is it is loosely inspired by some of the things I love about the East – silks, curlicues and dangly tassels. Just a bit of embroidery fun.

Sketches of various Js found online

For those of you living in the UK, do read Kate Atkinson’s Transcription or listen to it on BBC iPlayer – a recent Book of the Week. (Sorry not time to provide a link, I’m expected at the Angel tube station in 30 mins and still have washing to remove from washer and hair to dry!)

Embroidered letter J (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Here are a few other Js I’ve embroidered.

J within a ring of swirls and hydrangea flowers (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Linen union cushion: initial ‘J’ and leaves embroidered in ecru embroidery thread

Detail of embroidered and appliquéd ‘j’ (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

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8 Comments

  1. Posted October 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    That is a very successful letter J, and I love the tiny tassels!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted October 1, 2018 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Rachel – I couldn’t resist the tiny tassels!

  2. Austen
    Posted October 2, 2018 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Mary, I’m enjoying this alphabet series so much! It’s been a while since I’ve commented but I still read regularly and enjoy following along on your exploits, embroidery-related and otherwise. Wishing you all the best for a lovely autumn!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted October 2, 2018 at 5:06 am | Permalink

      Good that you’ve popped up again Austen and very happy you’re enjoying the embroidered alphabet. Thank you for commenting.

  3. anne hill
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    As soon as I saw this J I thought “chinese”. Partly the tassel which I like – they give a certain elan but also the colours. They reminded me of the embroidered dresses of the court ladies.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted October 10, 2018 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

      Turquoise is a good colour isn’t it? A blue-green of real warmth, the very thought of it summons up luxuriousnes, voluptuousness and self indulgence – the real glory of it being you only need just a bit of it for the colour to weave its effect, as often seen in those Chinese embroidered dresses and robes.

  4. Amara Bray
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    I haven’t visited your site for so long and I missed it! I love the embroidered alphabet idea. The J for Jess is especially beautiful with its flowers. Enjoy your autumn! I love it maybe because it is the last nice weather before winter really kicks in.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted October 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      And it’s lovely to have you back, Amara. Glad you like the embroidered alphabet idea.
      You’re right, we do have a particularly fierce enjoyment for good autumn weather as we anticipate the long haul of winter ahead of us. (I don’t know why, but I always think that where you live is practically desert – or at least in a very dry climate?)

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