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Assisi embroidery is also known as voided work or reserva, and is one of the monochromatic family of embroidery techniques. If you can do cross stitch, you can do Assisi!

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This is a wonderful article, Megan. At first I could not quite get the concept, then looking at the design you stitched made it clear for me. That is beautifully stitched work.

I have so many projects to complete this winter, but your articles make me want to get my embroidery basket and start something beautiful.

I have never tried the Assisi embroidery before, but am anxious to do so. This would work great with some Native American designs I have in mind. Thank you for this article.


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Oh yes - I think you're right about it working with Native American designs, Phyllis! I've seen a number of quill work pieces that rely on the voided technique for their design.

I always have way too many ideas and not enough time to stitch! And every time I sit down to stitch, I seem to get distracted! (usually by research into historical forms or designs).

I'm glad you liked my piece. It was stitched as a gift, so all I have is the photo.



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Do you draw your own designs or use patterns? I usually create my own designs for embroidery and beadwork.


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Unfortunately, althouh my father was a very talented artist, I can't draw at all. I use patterns and then work from there.

It's fortunate that I do know a lot of art theory so that does tend to hold me in good stead when I change things in patterns (eg: stitch type, colour and sometimes placement).

I'd love to be able to draw well enough to design my own embroideries.


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Most Native American designs are geometrical, unless you get into the Woodland tribal designs, which are floral and intricate patterns.

I took art design, so the geometrical is easy for me -- ruler and pencil is about all I have to depend on. The tribal colors are only two or three colors.

That is why I thought the Assisi method would work well with Native American design.

I also like to go through old embroidery design books and pick up antique designs. If I can trace it, I can embroider it. smile


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You are 100% right about that, Phyllis! I also subscribe that if I can trace it or chart it, I can embroider it!!


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very interesting article,I have never tried the Assisi embroidery before,but I'll sure think about it :)

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