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This elegant design comes from a vintage table runner I acquired from Athens. It is a classic example of how a simple design element—diamonds—is used in folk embroidery in varying sizes and groupings to create a stunning effect. Worked in only three shades of coral (light, medium, and dark) with selective outlining in black to make sections of the motif look more intricate, this design would adapt beautifully to the color of your choice.


This piece is also unique for its use of both even and odd stitch configurations, which means that some of the pattern looks a bit “off center”, but I found this part of the charm of the original embroidery, so I have kept the design faithful to the original.

Please note: The photos show the original piece but I have adapted the design to be 2 inches shorter so that it fits better on half yard pieces of counted thread fabric.


Finished size: 18” x 33” including hem

Stitch count: 229 x 407sts/25198 total sts/9756 backsts


You Will Need:

One 21x35” piece of 26 count counted thread fabric (photos show Traditional Groundcloth)

DMC Floss:

80 yds 310 black

40 yds 355 terra cotta (dark*)

55 yds 347 coral (medium)

17 yds 21 light alizarin (light)

*If you wish to substitute a different floss color, simply use a dark, medium, and light shade with these quantities. For example, this design would look beautiful worked in 930 antique blue dark (dark), 931 antique blue (medium), and 932 antique blue light (light) outlined in 317 pewter gray.


Also available as a Kit or Paper Pattern.

Athenian Diamonds Download pattern

SKU: 504302

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