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Simple Assisi-style Cross Stitch

Assisi Starburst

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Embroidery Style:

In Assisi Embroidery, also known as voided work, the design is left unstitched and the background is filled in. Simple cross stitch patterns, such as this Sunburst pattern are easily adapted as Assisi-style designs.

History of Assisi Embroidery:

Assisi Embroidery is named after the Italian town of Assisi where it is said to have originated, birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi and his sister Clare. Examples of Assisi Embroidery have been found on tapestries from as far back as the 13th and 14th century.

Traditional Colors:

Gold, blue and red were traditional colors, but modern Assisi is stitched in any color - solid or variegated.

Traditional Motifs:

Birds, animals, plants and heraldic images are traditional. Modern Assisi uses traditional images, but designs are also based on realistic and fantastical images as well.

Stitches Used in Assisi Embroidery:

Many counted thread stitches were used in traditional Assisi. Blackwork was used stitch borders and frames around the designs. Modern Assisi embroidery continues this tradition.

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