This lovely meandering leaf-and-vine design comes from a cushion cover made on the island of Anafi sometime in the 1700s. Its graceful melianthus leaf motif is worked in a traditional colorway of red and blue, but I have used two shades of blue—instead of the original single shade of blue—to create contrast in the design. This design makes a table runner that will look lovely with a variety of decor.


Stitch area:

129x213sts/9136 sts

Finished size after hemming: 10x16 inches


This is also available as a paper pattern or kit on the Cross Stitch page.

Melianthus Border pattern download

    Ancient beauty for the modern world
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