I was surprised and delighted to discover this wonderful example of traditional Ukrainian embroidery printed on a simple plastic shopping bag a friend of mine from Kiev sent me! Its humble origin  illustrates how deeply the art of embroidery permeates Ukrainian daily life. This BitKit is available in the traditional red and black colorway along with a blue and black variation for a fresh take on this beautiful design.

 

Stitch count: 57 x 91

Finished size: 5-1/2 x 6-3/4 including hem

Stitches: 2263

 

My high quality kits come with everything you need to make the embroidery in the photos--30 count Mikini 100% mercerized cotton (imported from Greece), DMC floss, full color SOC (symbol-on-chart) pattern, along with a John James size 24 tapestry needle. The raw edges of the fabric are serged for your convenience, so you can start stitching as soon as you open the kit! It is available in either the red/black or blue/black colorway.

 

This design is also available as a larger "Library Edition" version for a table runner (or cushion cover) as either a paper pattern or a kit.

BitKit Ukrainian Crisscross RED or BLUE

$22.00Price