Assisi embroidery, Italian, 16th century, silk on white linen
cloth. Image embroidery and embroider
What is it?
Assisi is is a type of counted thread decorative embroidery similar
to cross stitch, but unlike cross stitch the motif or design is
left unstitched and the background is filled in with cross
stitches. The motif or design is outlined in Holbein stitch.
What is it's history?
This is a historical version of cross stitch developed in the town
of Assisi in Italy. Traditionally the work is produced in bright
red or blue thread and worked on cream linen. Motifs usually
include mythical creatures, birds and beasts.
How do I do it?
To work Assisi you will need some evenweave or Aida fabric with
either 18hp inch or 14hp inch. Some stranded embroidery cotton.
Following the same procedure for counted thread work, mark the
centre of the fabric and work your design from the centre outwards.
It is easier to embroider the outline first using one thread of the
stranded embroidery cotton and then fill in the background with
cross stitches typically using three strands of embroidery
What are the best embroidery stitches to use for Assisi?
Suitable stitches include: cross
, Holbein stitch, three-quarter cross stitch.
Assisi Embroidery: Technique and 42 Charted Designs (Dover
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