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 pattern offers the traditional red and black colorway along with a blue and black variation for a fresh take on this beautiful design.
This pattern shows the full size of the original pattern which is designed to make a large, rectangule, suitable for either a rectangular table runner or cushion cover. It can be easily adapted to working smaller or larger embroideries by working less repeats of the design.
Finished size: 11x15.5” (actual area of embroidery 9 x 13-1/2”)
Stitch count: 130 x 203
My high quality kits come with everything you need to make the table runner shown in the pattern--30 count Mikini 100% mercerized cotton in bright white (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! It is available in either the red/black or blue/black colorway.