Akha cross-stitch quilt – a whole year’s worth of inspiration

My Number 1 New Year’s resolution this year was to start writing this blog about my life in stitching. But I wasn’t quite sure where to start… and then with luck, or perhaps serendipity, this exquisitely beautiful textile came my way and I am bubbling with enthusiasm to share it with you all.

Cross-stitch quilt from the Akha tribe, measuring approximaely 1.5m x 2.0m.
Cross-stitch quilt from the Akha tribe, measuring approximaely 1.5m x 2.0m.

My husband and some colleagues have recently started travelling and working in Myanmar. As luck would have it, one of those colleagues is a keen collector of textiles and on a recent trip he purchased this exquisite Akha quilt. He has very kindly lent it to me for a few weeks. There is so much design inspiration in this piece … and of course the sheer pleasure of savouring such a beautiful piece of craftmanship.

I have taken dozens of photos – they simply cannot do justice to the whole quilt. For the record, the quilt measures approximately 1.5m x 2.0m. The cross-stitch is worked over 2×2 threads on a base that is approximately 26-28 count.

These detailed photos show the amazing evenness of the stitching and the wonderfully vibrant colours. I am a keen canvaswork embroiderer – these patterns are going to provide wonderful design inspiration for the whole of 2014. Look out for them reappearing later in the year!

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