Cushions with elaborately embroidered covers were used widely in homes throughout the Greek islands, serving as a creative way to soften and beautify built in beds and benches. This elegant design from the Cyclades islands features a central star motif set in diamonds outlined with sawtooth edging. A garnet background is set off with classic “Santorini blue” and soft olive green, forming a striking colorway that looks beautiful as either a table runner or mat, or as a charming cushion cover.


This is a multi-size pattern and the instructions include a large corner chart for ease of working and then full-size charts showing how many repeats to work for a small or large cushion cover/square mat and a small or large table runner.

Stitch area:

13x13” cushion cover/mat—161x161 sts/11768 sts

18x18” cushion cover/mat—217x217 sts/17648 sts

7x14” (fin size) small rectangular runner—49x161 sts/4017 sts

11x18” (fin size) large rectangular runner—133x217 sts/13228 sts


My high quality kits come with everything you need to make the embroidery in the photos--26 count 100% cotton Traditional Groundcloth (imported from Greece), DMC floss, full color SOC (symbol-on-chart) pattern with both a close up and a full size schematic so you know how many repeats to work, 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!


Also available as a pattern download


If you would like to finish this as a cushion, you can find the cushion backing kit on the Supplies page.

Santorini Stars square