Cross stitch pattern of a Byzantine 8 pointed star based on an ancient textile fragment from 240 – 410CE. You can find the original on the Louvre website. Head over to my Patreon to download the PDF and PNG files.
Grid Size: 76W x 76H
Design Area: 5.29″ x 5.29″ (74 x 74 stitches)
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I’ve been really into Celtic knots lately after a one of my Patrons shared some patterns with me. I absolutely love the overlapping lines and shapes, but they’re kind of hard to get my head around. I found this textile fragment in the free digitized collection of artworks that the Louvre has on its website. I just couldn’t let such a beautiful design waste way without trying to bring it back into a usable state. It’s not an exact copy. I’m not that skilled of an artist that I can replicate an ancient textile stitch for stitch, but the idea is still there. I know I made it look a little East Asian, but this sort of eight pointed star is pretty popular in Byzantine art so you see it a lot.
I’m so excited to be inspired by the past. I might have to do more of these at some point!
I really want to see someone stitch this out in gold!