Ukrainian embroidery:

Ukrainian embroidery:

I have been poking around the net looking at Ukrainian cross stitch (khrestyk) embroidery. The motifs and traditional patterns are built up using a type of cross stitch referred to as “Nabiruvannia”.

Often traditional stitching is referred to as folk art but I see it as a living craft because people are adapting, creating and still using this type of embroidery. Used in costume , to decorate domestic textiles and used  in religious rituals, many of the geometric and floral patterns that predominate hold symbolic meanings.

There are a large number of traditional Ukrainian embroidery charts available online provided free which could be worked using traditional techniques or converted for knitting.

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