Arrows and circles—classic design motifs used throughout antiquity in textiles, rugs, pottery, and stone carving--combine to create a striking and intricate compass design. Each compass is then alternated in a “half drop” arrangement common to many historic textiles. This compelling all over design is worked in a restrained color palette of black, terra cotta, and golden olive and the pattern gives charts for either a small or large runner. It would also make a wonderful bolster pillow.

This pattern is a "multi-size" pattern and includes a closeup chart for ease of working the design and then full size charts for four different sizes of finished embroideries--small or large runner and small or large cushion cover/table square.

Finished sizes:

Small Runner—9x14" including hem/103 x 179 sts

Large Runner--11 x 21" including hem/141 x 293 stitches

Small cushion cover—14.5x14.5" excluding finishing/216x217 sts

Large cushion cover—17x17" excluding finishing/255x255 sts


Kit contains Legacy Linen 30 count, DMC Floss, full color pattern, and John James size 24 tapestry needle. I am offering a kit for the Small Table Runner, but if you'd like me to make you a custom kit for one of the other sizes, please email me and I'll be happy to provide pricing.

Please note: due to COVID supply delays, the Small Table Runner kit will include Legacy Linen 30 count in "Custard Cream" instead of the "Coconut Macaroon" specified in the pattern.


This design is also available as a BitKit or pattern download.

Athenian Compass multi size pattern

    Ancient beauty for the modern world
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