Sajou 601 large

by darkgreen_orange

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Gorgeous, isn't it? This is a reproduction of a cross-stitch pattern from the French series of embroidery books "Maison Sajou". It dates to around the turn of the 20th century. After seeing such a beautiful, ornate pattern, I just had to convert this one to a font, a process that took several months. The design is made of intricate flower buds, stems, leaves, and check patterns. The design of the letters is similar throughout the pattern, however no two letters have exactly the same layout (for example, flower buds are facing a slightly different angle). Each letter is intertwined with a branch that winds its way up the letter, and features representations of leaflets and berries. The 'I' and 'W' were not present in the original design. 'J' doubles as 'I' and 'W' is a rotated 'M'. While I would love to make up numerals based on the current letters, it would be a daunting task as each letter is about a 100x100 size grid. Anyone is welcome to clone this font and give it a shot. This pattern was found on . There are lots of Sajou and other embroidery patterns there.


This is so gorgeous! I can't imagine the work and patience to recreate such a delicate design. A labour of love ...
Comment by Aeolien 12th may 2015
This is amazing! Such an intricate design, so beautifully reproduced. What an excellent and talented way to use FS.
Comment by p2pnut 12th may 2015
An incredible work was put into this great font. Congrats! :-)
Comment by Tristana63 13th may 2015
@darkgreen_orange - Tremendous work here. It certainly shows the power and beauty possible using only the lowly pixel! ;^)
Comment by Goatmeal 13th may 2015
I'm with the people: Great work and great font here! Congrats! 10/10.
Comment by elmoyenique 13th may 2015
Impressive work. Thank you for sharing it. The next step would be to design the missing glyphs: numbers, and perhaps, lower case letters - as you already mentioned. Young artists started their studies with copying the works of great masters of old. Once they had the skills, they started to paint, sculpt their own works. 10/10
Comment by Frodo7 13th may 2015
What a beautiful labor of love.
Comment by thalamic 14th may 2015
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Sajou 601 large” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 14th may 2015
A well deserved TP, congratulation :)
Comment by Aeolien 14th may 2015
Is there, like, a 42 out of 10 rating on this site? I mean my fonts are finished in 37 minutes max. But this, is art, my friend.
Comment by SilverfishJockey 14th may 2015
Good golly that's a beautiful font! 10/10
Comment by tortoiseshell 16th may 2015
Oh god... Beautiful !
Comment by Aranight 17th may 2015
My eyes, my eyes. Brilliant reproduction.
Comment by djnippa 27th may 2015
Awesome piece of work! Congratulations.
Comment by laynecom 28th may 2015
i love this. and thanks for the link. it's like giving me a typographic playground.
Comment by geneus1 1st june 2015
Holy cow!!!! it's a masterpiece
Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 4th june 2015
most impressive!
Comment by tanias 20th august 2015


Comment by athenadj1 1st february 2016

This is unbelievable. I actually slapped myself because I thought I was dreaming.

Comment by MVBit (Multinia) 6th december 2016

This is amazing! You must have so much patience to keep working on this, and eventually finish.

Comment by Kyld 21st april 2017

express HERself

Comment by brianaalexis1 25th january 2018

This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by letstrythis 4th november 2018


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