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This is a counted cross stitch pattern inspired by authentic traditional Bedouin and Palestinian village embroidery motifs, common throughout the Middle East.

Starry Night over Bethlehem

Motifs: This design was inspired by motifs found on the bodices of traditional dresses from the village of Beit Jala, located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Trees of life, four-pointed stars and arches are surrounded by a single hill border. This design uses 3 colours of DMC in medium Terracotta, and medium and light Topaz on a black Aida background.

Level of difficulty: Easy. Be careful that the upper arms of your cross stitches all go in the same direction! Using an embroidery hoop will help keep stitch tension stable.

Size: 167 stitches wide by 143 stitches high, or 11 7/8 inches wide by 10 1/8 inches high. A margin of approximately 1.5 inches has been left for mounting.

Fabric requirements: Black Aida cloth, at least 16 inches x 16 inches.

Possible uses: This design would be effective as a cushion cover, a wall hanging, part of a tote bag or as a caftan panel…

This pattern has been carefully charted by hand using motifs and colours from embroideries in my own personal collection, on professional cross-stitch software. You will receive a PDF format Adobe Acrobat file containing both colour and black and white symbol charts for the design as well as information on its history and technique, and a list of thread colours to use.

I will send the pattern file to you via email within 24 hours of payment. Please ensure that your Paypal email address is accurate and that you can receive email attachments! You will need an Adobe Acrobat reader to view and print the pattern. Adobe Acrobat reader software is available free of charge from their website.

If you are like me, you will want your pattern NOW, or at least as soon as possible given the differences in our time zones. Electronic delivery ensures that you receive it safely and quickly and that you can print all or part of it at your leisure. If for some reason you have not received your pattern file within 24 hours of payment, please contact me.

The pattern has been designed for use on Aida cloth, but any even or open weave fabric will work. The background cloth colour is an important part of the design. It is strongly recommended that you use the background colour suggested in the pattern, as the effect of the design on other background colours will be very different. Removable waste canvas may also be used.

The colours in your pattern have been matched with the real thread used in my own work. Although colours may show up differently on your computer monitor, the actual colours have been carefully chosen. I highly recommend using DMC no. 8 pearl cotton for greater authenticity and a better finished texture, but if it is not readily available, floss may be used. If you would like other colourways, please contact me and I will try to help.

The finished size of your embroidery will vary depending on the number of threads per inch in the fabric you are using. The pattern has been designed with a margin of 2 inches (2.5 cm) of fabric around the stitching area so that you can mount it or sew it into another project.

This is not a kit, only a pattern. No fabric or threads are included.

This pattern is my original design based on traditional motif elements. Please enjoy it for your own personal use. The pattern may not be re-sold or re-distributed in any way without my express permission.

What you will receive:
• As soon as I receive your payment, I will send you an email message with your pattern as an attachment in PDF format. Please allow up to 24 hours due to time zone differences.
• The pattern will contain a colour block chart, a black and white symbol chart of several pages with overlap and a chart of thread colours and estimated quantities.
• The pattern will also include a computer-generated picture of the finished design, information concerning the motifs used and tips for success.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

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