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Ethnic Needlepoint Patterns from Central and South America

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Needlepoint patterns inspired by arts and crafts from Central and South America. Includes contemporary as well as ancient inspiration.

1. Mexican Folk Art Animal

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Stitch a stylized animal in bright colors for Cinco de Mayo. This pattern was inspired by Mexican folk embroidery on a vintage costume. This project is a perfect scrap-buster due to the infiniate number of color combinations that can be used. Use the pattern as a guide, and then raid yur stash for the perfect colors.

2. Pre-Columbian Monkey

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This Pre-Columbian Monkey was inspired by the ancient art of Guatemala. Also see its companion piece, the Pre-Columbian Bird.

3. Pre-Columbian Bird

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This is a companion piece to the Pre-Columbian Monkey.

4. Primavera Floral

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Pretty floral pattern inspired by the folk embroidery of Mexico. Work it in traditional colors, or adapt to your own color scheme.
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