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.* Continue Reading “Mediterranean Grapes in Cross Stitch and Counted Thread”

Basic Embroidery Stitches

Ready to work embroidery stitches

Most traditional hand embroidery stitches are formed from a small group of basic stitches, forming variations of a stitch.  These variations can be used to stitch bands and borders, outline a design, or fill it up entirely with stitches.  Select from the stitch family below to see a variety of stitches that can be worked by varying the parent stitch.

This type of embroidery goes by many names including hand embroidery, traditional embroidery, surface embroidery, freestyle embroidery, etc. The actual term used may depend entirely on the actual project. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s one of my favorites!

You can use the stitches to work one of our free embroidery patterns! Visit the Free Embroidery Patterns page to select from a variety of projects. To learn about other types of stitches, visit the Main Stitches Page.


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