Make a spring Scandi pillow with Assisi embroidery, a kind of reverse cross stitch where the backgrounds are stitched and the main motifs left untouched. It originated in the Italian town of the same name. Holbein stitch is used to add finer details and flourishes, but in Assisi work it’s called Chiara stitch. Worked on an evenweave fabric, usually cream or white, the traditional colours are red, blue, green or gold for the backgrounds and black or brown for the outlines. Common motifs are mythical creatures, although flowers and geometric designs are also popular. For this stylish cushion, the Assisi embroidery is worked on bands of cross stitch fabric, which are then sewn to a plain cotton, and edged with ric rac.