I’m having fun with my new frame, and playing with the mesh background voided style. As you can see, I’ve started with a very simple pattern:

This style is totally two-sided. And I can now see why so many fragments representing it are present in museum collections. It’s dense and tough as nails. Even with the mesh background, there are no loops or fragile surface to catch and no ends to fray (they’re all easily buried by overstitching). From looking at museum samples, the mesh background of mixed line stitch/voided pieces is rarely damaged. It’s usually the double running element that has breaks or skips. I’m very pleased with this and will do more with it. I’ll even try it at a smaller scale on this cloth later downstream.

I’ll also draw up some stitch diagrams on how I did it. I didn’t use standard gridded-cross-stitch (Italian two-sided cross stitch) logic. By noodling around I hit upon something that I was able to both count with greater ease, and use to achieve a more “meshy” output. But more on that when I manage to sketch up what the heck it is I’m doing.

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  1. Well I think I have been looking at modelbooks and medieval samplers too long now, I recognize the pattern but don’t remember where I saw it, lol. I tried the italian two-sided cross stitch after recieving your book last Thursday evening, and must admit that it takes a while to do a pattern with it, I hope your idea is quicker. On my next set of napkins I had been thinking about doing some, but am not sure yet. I may still just do more holbein stitch. It is always fun playing with a new project though and I am looking forward to see what this new one is going to turn into for you…..

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