This compelling design originates in a stunning tablecloth a friend of mine shared with me. Her mother, Despina, stitched it for her prika, a collection of embroidered tablecloths, cushion covers, and other handmade textiles that family members gift to a Greek bride so she can beautify her new home, a tradition which dates back centuries in Greece.


Featuring a vibrant colorway of garnet, coral, blue, ecru, and golden olive that is just as stylish today as it was 25 years ago when Despina originally stitched it, the stylized anemone motif is further ornamented by a wonderful use of backstitches to throw the bright colors into high relief. A charming little zigzag pattern and chevron bands complete the design.


Wallhanging/table runner version--

Stitch count: 89 x 209 (4432 sts/7357 backsts)

Finished size: 10x18” finished


My high quality kits come with everything you need to make the embroidery in the photos--26 count 100% cotton Traditional Groundcloth (imported from Greece), DMC floss, full color SOC (symbol-on-chart) pattern with both a close up and a full size schematic so you know how many repeats to work, along with a John James size 24 tapestry needle. The raw edges of the fabric are serged for your convenience, so you can start stitching as soon as you open the kit!


Also available as a pattern download


Library Edition version (available as paper pattern only)--

Stitch count: 303 x 304 sts

Finished size of embroidery: 23.5 x 23.5 inches (exclusive of hem)


A note about Library Edition patterns: Many of my smaller kits and patterns are inspired by larger embroideries from museums and prikas (bridal chest collections). These stunning works of textile art are too large to offer in a traditional kit featuring a stitched model as an example, yet many of you may be inspired by the pattern and wish to create your own heirloom using the chart offered here. This Library Edition pattern preserves these beautiful and historic embroidery designs and allows those of you able to commit to a larger project the opportunity to bring these timeless designs into your own home. While the project size is large, the design only uses cross stitches and backstitches so it is suitable for the committed stitcher of any level.

Despina's Anemone