In the center of the design the following shape is found:
One will often see a large circle surrounded with the pattern consisting of 2 short–2 long straight stitches, but special to this design is a smaller circle divided by a cross inside the larger circle. How to work such a design?
As always, the embroiderer can choose to disregard some lines and cover the enlarged area with a filling pattern.
This method was chosen for the oval runner. The entire circle shape was filled with the Limet pattern “Röserich” (No. 452 [A1] Röserich Filling Patterns, pages 1-6).
In the example above, the straight stitches around the circle approximately followed the 2 short–2 long marked lines, and they were placed closer together. It can be assumed that the embroiderer did not know and understand the name of the stitch pattern “2 short–2 long”. “2 short–2 long” is a distinct stitching pattern and to achieve the desired effect one should strive to keep the stitches in a regular and established pattern. (More information about the stitching pattern “2 short–2 long” can be found here.)
Coton à broder in the following sizes was used: No. 20 for the Coral Knot stitches, No. 25 for the Satin stitches, No. 30 for the Chain stitches and the filling pattern.
On the rectangular runner, per the original design, I worked the cross into the inner circle. However, to make the cross I followed the fabric threads and took the line drawing only as an approximate guide.
The ring around the inner circle was filled with the openwork pattern “Diagonal Cross Filling – French Variation” (Openwork Pattern Samplers, pages 26-28).
Around the ring “2 short–2 long” was worked, with the stitches placed very close together. The short stitches were worked a little more than half the length of the long stitches.
Coton à broder in the following sizes was used: No. 16 for the Coral Knot stitches, No. 20 for the Satin stitches, No. 25 for the Chain stitches and the filling pattern.