Category Archives: Cross-stitch

More Palestinian Cross-stitch

Here is another Palestinian cross stitch piece from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. I absolutely love the warm colors and the geometric motifs. The stitches are tiny and careful. The stitcher used the variegated thread to great effect. A lot of these … Continue reading

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Book review: Palestinian Embroidery Motifs

I found a wonderful cross-stitch book, “Palestinian Embroidery Motifs: A treasury of stitches 1850-1950, ” by Margarita Skinner and Widad Kamel Kawar. Melisende Publishing, London and Rimal Publications, Nicosia, 2007. ISBN 978-1-901764-47-5. It has over 150 pages of charts and … Continue reading

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Egyptian Cross-Stitch

Something exciting came in the mail yesterday! My friend moved to Egypt in July, and has been having all kinds of adventures in Cairo. She knows about my blog, so she sent me a present! The tag says it’s from … Continue reading

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Palestinian cross-stitch

This table runner (it’s too big to be a scarf!) is a traditional Palestinian cross-stitch design from Dr. Shirazi’s collection (see bottom of post for details on the collection). You can get an idea of the scale from my notebook … Continue reading

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Medieval Middle Eastern counted thread embroidery

I found a fantastic website from Mathilde Eschenbach with charts for medieval Middle Eastern counted thread embroidery (blackwork, pattern darning, cross-stitch) plus photos of the original pieces. Here are a few example thumbnails to inspire you to take a look:

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Godzilla versus Mouse

Godzilla: This is my entry for the Crochet Wall Hangings division in a state fair some years ago. I got a blue ribbon for it! I designed it myself – with a few tips from my Expert Artist Consultant (hi … Continue reading

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Derwentwater Designs

I thought I’d mention some kits that caught my eye the other day. These are combination cross-stitch center/blackwork frame designs of wildlife from Rose Swalwell of Derwentwater Designs (couldn’t find the designer homepage, so I picked a shop). In the … Continue reading

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