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What’s an Arid?

The next patterns from my group of October releases are two that come from the same source. I call these Arid and Arid Supersized

When scrolling through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website one day, I came across an item in the collection that just drew me in:

The description called it an arid and said that this was a Moroccan hanging. I loved the geometry of this design and began to play with the idea of translating it to a cross stitch pattern. I started with the smallest motif in the center, made it as small as possible, and then worked outward from there, keeping all parts in proportion to the original.

The end result was a huge pattern – 471 x 471 stitches.

Feeling like that was a little too big, I focused on the more central area and realized that it could be a beautiful design on its own. Not to mention a little more manageable. I decided to also keep the first version, releasing it under the title of Arid Supersized, just to see who might be interested.

As you look at the pictures, yes, they would be full coverage pieces. However, you could stitch on red fabric and definitely save yourself a lot of stitches. Or, frankly, change the colors to suit yourself.

I hope that learning the back story of this design sparks some inspiration in yourself!

Arid as a paper pattern can be found here

Arid as a pdf download can be found here

Arid Supersized as a paper pattern can be found here

Arid Supersized as a pdf download can be found here

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