Mediterranean Grapes in Cross Stitch and Counted Thread

Mediterranean Grapes Towel in Cross Stitch and Counted ThreadThis project was originally featured in the book Easy Heirloom Embroidery, back in 2001, but the classic pattern is just as relevant today.

Stitch the pretty Mediterranean-style towel in a traditional grapevine design in earthy tones using both cross stitch and counted thread techniques – the towel is enhanced with optional drawn thread bands and a self-fabric fringe.

The materials list below is enough to make two towels, or for a table runner having the bands at each short end.*

Materials Needed:
  • 1/2 yard 18-count linen Zweigart “Cork” fabric in “dirty linen”
  • all-purpose thread to match fabric
  • 3 skeins of DMC 642 Dark Beige Gray

Download the Mediterranean Grapes PDF Pattern. Cut the fabric into two equal size sections measuring 18 x 22”. Using the all-purpose thread, hem the two long sides and one short side of each piece by folding under 1/4 twice and hand-stitching in place.

Remove a crosswise thread from the fabric 2 inches from the un-hemmed edge. Referring to the instructions featured on the NeedleKnowledge site, work hemstitching (a counted thread technique) along this gap. Remove the threads below the hemstitching to fringe.

Remove 5 crosswise threads above the hemstitching, Work the serpentine hem-stitch along this gap to make a band. Repeat 4 inches from the hemstitched band.

Work the grapes design, centering it along the 4-inch band in the towel using 2 strands of floss in the needle and working over two threads in the fabric.

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