The BYZANTINE STITCH with its strong zigzag diagonal design, creates an ideal Art Deco ‘look’ for a needlepoint place mat and coaster, called ‘DECO BYZANTINE’.
It was designed and stitched exclusively for my ninth VIVA ZIVA ! Newsletter #1109.
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THE BYZANTINE STITCH
The Byzantine Stitch, with its long diagonal strands, naturally creates a perfect Art Deco design…it’s not difficult to learn and it goes very quickly!
What I like about the BYZANTINE STITCH the most is that the diagonal strands show off the lovely texture, and depth of colour of the wool.
An ideal stitch to give an Art Deco flair to you dining setting with these free designs for a place mat and coaster.
Even though I send out hundreds of newsletters regularly, I try to come up with different colour schemes that might suit your home or that might work with your wardrobe. But I realize that that’s impossible!
With every free design I offer, think about how or if the colours work for you, and change them, if you want! Get your creative juices flowing!
Colour Options for this free design:
This time I used bold accents of terra cotta and autumn yellow, black, and three warm greys from light to dark.
However you can pick an accent colour range that works for your home.
You could use combinations of any colour accents e.g. blue and purple, green and turquoise, red and fuchsia, etc. All these accent colour combinations would work well with the neutral colours.
What works for you?
In both options below I selected and sewed an off-white linen fabric for the central portion of the place mat.
But brighter, bolder colours for the fabric could be used for the central panel, depending on your room’s décor.
The size of the place mat is also your choice depending on the size of your plates and whether you use chargers under your plates or not.
DESIGN OPTION 1
You can stitch the design for just the 4 corners of the place mat and sew a horizontal black band in cotton or linen at the top and bottom to ‘connect’ the corners.
Very quick and a very dramatic result! OR……..
DESIGN OPTION 2
Take a little more time and take the border right across the top and bottom of the place mat, as shown. Very Deco!
I made the place mat approximately 18” wide to suit the size of my black plate charger.
But you can make it as long or short as you want.
BOTH DESIGN OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN CHART FORM FREE IN THE NEXT NEWSLETTER.
With both Options, you can zigzag the Byzantine stitch diagonally to the right or left.
With Option 2, why not stitch the horizontal bands from the corners to the centre in opposite diagonals creating a “V” shape in the centre! Use your imagination and go for it!
The coaster design complements the place mat design with the same range of colours. Again, the accent colours are your choice.
If you want to make just coasters, why not stitch different accent colours for each one!
It’s mostly stitched in the basketweave stitch, with the Byzantine stitch accented in the central pattern. The entire coaster is approximately 4.25” square.
Why not consider using the coaster design to create the corners of a matching placemat! Another design option!
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