CROSS STITCH, hand dyed cotton floss A special post for my CROSS STITCH fans today.  “Breathe” will be featured in the upcoming May/June issue of Just CrossStitch which will be on newsstands May 2nd.  I was approached last year by the editor of the magazine asking if I would be interested in providing some threads for this project and indeed I was.

Breathe is created in the Assisi style of embroidery.  Assisi embroidery is a form of counted thread embroidery based on an ancient Italian needlework tradition in which the background is filled with embroidery stitches and the main motifs are outlined but not stitched.  The name is derived from the Italian town of Assisi where the modern form of the craft originated.

Assisi work uses a method known as voiding in which cross-stitch fills the background while the motif itself is left blank.  Holbein stitch, a style of linear blackwork, is used to outline and emphasize the motif and to create surrounding decorative scrollwork.

The editor advises me there will be a story about the history of Assisi embroidery on the opposite page in the magazine from this design.

Breathe used my Colour #14 in 6 strand cotton floss which is a lovely combination of ocean blues.  You will require four skeins to complete the project.  You can find this colour HERE.  Naturally any colour of floss could be used to coordinate with your décor.

Just in case you can’t wait until May 2nd the digital version is available now.  You can read all about the magazine at Just CrossStitch.  Thank you Lillian and all the team at Just CrossStitch!

I will be taking a break over the Easter weekend returning to posting next Wednesday April 19th.  The SHOP remains open in case you feel like shopping and some stitching.  Happy Easter all!

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