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The Greek goddess, Athena, was considered the protector of weaving and handcraft, so it is no wonder that there has been a lively interchange of motifs and designs between weaving and embroidery through the centuries. This allover design, inspired by an 18th century Greek textile, features a shuttle motif arranged into octagons which evokes a basket of shuttles waiting for the loom. Shown finished as a cushion cover in a traditional color palette of terra cotta, warm blue, black, gold, and fresh green.

Finished size (exclusive of finishing): 11.5 x 11.5 inches

Stitch count: 179 x 179sts/12697 total sts


You Will Need:

One 17x17” piece of 30ct Mikini in ivory

DMC Floss:

20yds 355 terra cotta

16 yds 3347 yellow green med OR 469 avocado green

16 yds 310 black OR 3787 brown grey very dk

13 yds 924 grey green very dk

13 yds 733 golden olive med

Cushion backing and one 16” pillow insert (not included with kit)


I recommend the Essex "Linen" cushion backing kit as the best fabric match to the called-for fabric. You can find the cushion backing kit on the Fabrics & Notions page.


Also available as a Kit or Paper Pattern.

Athena's Basket cross stitch download pattern

SKU: 613002

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