Last Christmas during an ornament exchange I recieved one made in a technique I did not recognize. I've been stitching a long time now and this doesn't happen too often. I tracked down the lady who made it and discovered it was the Aztec Stitch. Some quick googling revealed information and a free project from Piecework Magazine that I quickly printed out. I didn't have the supplies on hand so it was put aside, but not forgotten.
My EGA (Embroiderers' Guild of America) Chapter was looking for program ideas so I suggested the Aztec Stitch. Patience paid off and the program was a few weekends ago but I had to miss it. I picked up the canvas and instructions last weekend and dropped everything to get started. This bookmark is stitched using 18 count canvas and #8 pearl cotton.
Canvas threads are removed and the design area is outlined with nun's stitches. Then the fun begins. Alternating stripes of wrapped bars create a beautiful effect.
This thread was dyed in a class many years ago. The colors are uneven and mottled. Some are not colors I would normally use or combine with each other. I just alternated the colors I had to see how they would look together. Sometimes the best color combinations are accidents like this. I would never have chosen these colors to go together, but they do.
I also don't deal with yellow well and rarely use it. I don't know why. I am cool color girl - I love greens and blues. It was a great achievement to actually use yellow (and yellow-orange) for a change. Maybe I'll have to make an effort to include yellow more often.