NOTE: KITS & FLOSS PACKS WILL SHIP OCTOBER 2 (for those of you joining FiberTalk Meditates with Avlea, your kit will arrive prior to the Oct 11 start of this 7-week series focused on meditative stitching)
My very first Greek embroidery was this simple basketweave pattern that a friend shared with me. She had learned it as her first embroidery project in school and it is a terrific design for beginners and advanced stitchers alike. The basketweave effect is created by stitching little alternating bars of four colors between darker "squares".
Available as a kit for a 10x10" square table mat that includes Mikini 30 count 100% mercerized cotton imported from Greece in bright white for Posy & Oceanic and "sacaree"/dark ecru for Terra Cotta (cut 11x11" so you have a 2 inch hem allowance and can use the finishing of your choice, raw edges are serged for your convenience), DMC floss, John James size 24 needle, and full color pattern.
Especially suitable for meditative stitching, simply start by stitching the dark “squares” in a grid and then work the little bars of color. When you’re all done with those stitches, you can also outline the bars of color with metallic thread to enhance the basketweave effect. Incredibly versatile, this can be worked as a coaster, small table mat, table runner, cushion cover, tablet cover, or anything you can think of!
The chart includes THREE colorways!
Terra Cotta--golden olive, soft green, terra cotta, light gold and black
Oceanic--teal blue, celadon green, light blue, light green and dark brown grey
Posy--alizarin (coral), wedgewood blue, dark green, golden olive, and medium mocha brown
Stitch count: 8 x 8 sts over one repeat of the pattern
Also available as a pattern download