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Bringing Byzantium Home

Samples, Kits and Patterns

For those who would like to make their own embroideries, we offer the following supplies:

Embroidery Kits—these kits include the ground cloth, historic design reformatted with the correct corner and motif repeats (printed on paper), and the DMC floss needed to work the design. Each kit also includes an instruction sheet on finishing and how to make variations of each design (for example, the Icon Stand Cloth kit includes variations for making a matching altar cloth). I will be adding more kits each month, so please check frequently or let me know if you have a specific item you would like to see made up as a kit.

ISC Design 101
ISC Design 101
$48.00
ISC Design 102
ISC Design 102
$48.00
ISC Design 103
Pascha Basket Cloth Design 301
$14.00

Patterns—the following are vintage patterns that were released in Greece in the 1960s and 1970s by the DMC floss company. Each pattern has a variety of designs and is $15. There are also vintage embroidery booklets produced by DMC in the 1950s and these are $20/each.
Please note: I have an original set of most of the DMC patterns and will be releasing those as individual patterns as I am able to upload into modern cross-stitch software and print.

DMC Design 61
DMC Design 61
DMC Design 83
DMC Design 83
DMC Design 93
DMC Design 93
DMC Design 103
DMC Design 103
DMC Design 110
DMC Design 110
DMC Design 121
DMC Design 121
DMC Design 142
DMC Design 142
DMC Design 145
DMC Design 145
DMC Design 149
DMC Design 149
DMC Design 152
DMC Design 152
DMC Design 154
DMC Design 154
DMC Design 173
DMC Design 173
DMC Design 191
DMC Design 191

Fabric—historic folk embroidery is worked on several types of traditional fabric groundcloths. I offer three of these:

  1. Mikini groundcloth: this is 100% cotton and works up to about 14 stitches to the inch (you work a cross stitch over two threads of this cloth) and is 70 inches wide. Colors: white and sacaree (a deep ivory/ecru; sacaree means raw sugar in Greek and this is the color of the cloth). Price is $40/yd for white and $50/yd for sacaree; we also offer smaller cuts (please see Place an Order form for these).
  2. Mikini embroidery fabric in sacaree color
    Mikini embroidery fabric
    in sacaree color
    Mikini embroidery fabric in white
    Mikini embroidery fabric
    in white
  3. Elvetzia groundcloth: this is 100% cotton and very similar to the Mikini but is more sheer, which gives a unique finished effect. It is 70 inches wide. Colors: white only. Price is $40/yd; we also offer smaller cuts (please see Place an Order form for these).
  4. Handwoven groundcloth: this is 100% cotton hand-woven traditional Greek groundcloth and provides a lovely, rustic finish. It is 70 inches wide. Color: sacaree only. Price is $40/yd; we also offer smaller cuts (please see Place an Order form for these).
    Handwoven embroidery fabric
    Handwoven embroidery fabric
    in white

A note about groundcloth: if you have only worked cross-stitch embroidery on Aida or similar “counted-thread” groundcloth, you will be amazed at the difference in the finished embroidery when worked on a traditional groundcloth!