This compelling design originates in a stunning tablecloth a friend of mine shared with me. Her mother, Despina, stitched it for her prika, a collection of embroidered tablecloths, cushion covers, and other handmade textiles that family members gift to a Greek bride so she can beautify her new home, a tradition which dates back centuries in Greece.

Featuring a vibrant colorway of garnet, coral, blue, ecru, and golden olive that is just as stylish today as it was 25 years ago when Despina originally stitched it, the stylized anemone motif is further ornamented by a wonderful use of backstitches to throw the bright colors into high relief. A charming little zigzag pattern and chevron bands complete the design.

 

Shown as an interchangeable table runner/wall hanging, it can also be finished as a cushion cover, or worked on larger fabric with more repeats to make a larger table runner.

 

Stitch count: 303 x 304 sts

Finished size of embroidery: 23.5 x 23.5 inches (exclusive of hem finish)

A note about Library Edition patterns:

Many of the original embroideries I use as a starting point for my designs are too large for the smaller kits and patterns I typically offer due to the time involved in stitching a sample to photograph for the cover page of the pattern. However, these traditional designs from museums or prikas (bridal chest embroidery collections) are such stunning pieces of textile art that I thought the modern stitcher would enjoy the opportunity to work these historic pieces. These are beautiful, heirloom-worthy projects for the experienced stitcher and this pattern presumes an intermediate level of stitching knowledge.

 

Also available as a BitKit, standard Kit, and Paper Pattern in a smaller size.

Despina's Anemone--Library Edition

$10.00Price
    Ancient beauty for the modern world
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