Escher Tumbling Blocks

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“Tumbling Blocks have a long history in the grammar of ornament, dating as far back as Ancient Greece, when the pattern appeared as a mosaic floor design. It may have been introduced into quilt-making in the 1850s. Also known as cube work, the stunning optical results of floating, stacked, and overall cubic arrangements are achieved through the distribution of color and light and dark pieces.”

The reason why we choose to kit this design with Zweigart Penelope antique brown canvas, is because you don’t need to embroider the background! The canvas is so beautiful that the end result looks amazing as it is :)

You can choose from two available versions of this design:

  • Version 1: Blue & Pink
  • Version 2: Brown & Green

What is included:

If you buy only the Digital Pattern:

  • PDF with the Charted Designs, containing:
    • Printable patterns for the 2 versions: Blue & Pink + Brown & Green
    • Materials list
    • How to start instructions
    • Color guides and quantities
    • Information about design, canvas mesh and needle size
    • Finishing tips
  • PDF of our Needlepoint booklet with instructions on starting needlepoint, tips for selecting needlepoint stitches, and a library of favorite stitches


If you buy the complete kit of the selected Tumbling Block version:

  • PDF with the Charted Designs 
  • Zweigart Penelope canvas (double threaded 10 count mesh, brown color) with the size 30x40 cm (+ 5 cm/2 in margin)
  • 2 John James tapestry needles
  • DMC Soft Cotton threads with enough quantity to stitch with the continental tent stitch (more information in the FAQ's below; if you need more thread, leave a note at checkout)
  • Printed Needlepoint booklet with instructions on starting needlepoint, tips for selecting needlepoint stitches, and a library of favorite stitches


Please note that we only include 1 printed Needlepoint booklet per order. If you add a gift note at checkout, then we’ll add one per kit. Any questions let us know.


How to use a needlepoint chart:

  • Learn how to count your chart/canvas: Always think of the squares as intersections in your needlepoint canvas, instead of the actual holes of the canvas.
  • Find the center: To find the center of the canvas and the chart, you can either fold them in 4, or you can use a ruler to cross out the center, by tracing the diagonals.
  • Start in the middle, or count to the area where you want to start: Starting in the center is the easiest way to begin stitching with a needlepoint chart, because it's your strongest point of reference.
  • Understand the color map: Using the color map you can match each square with the labeled color.



For more details on shipping cost, check the “Shipping” tab above. We have a flat rate so you can order as much as you like to get the most from our delivery!

> Free Worldwide Express Delivery (3-5 business days) for all orders over 180€/$195/£150

> Flat rate per order, so you can order as much as you like to get the most from our delivery!


Delivery Times:

Express service: estimated delivery 3-5 business days.

Standard service: 1-2 weeks for estimated delivery (with tracking). Please note that during Nov-Dec this service is slower!


Shipping Costs:

Portugal: Express: 9, Standard: 3€

Europe: Express: 15€, Standard: 9€

UK: Express: 20€

USA: Express: 17€, Standard: 12€

Canada: Express: 17, Standard: 13€

Australia & NZ: Express: 25€, Standard: 15€

Rest of the Word: Express: 25€, Standard: 17€


Order Processing Times:

> We aim to process each order between 1 and 3 business days. In case the item is not fully restocked, or we are having a sale, please allow up to one week.

In case you need the item with urgency, please let us know and we will do our best to find a solution for you!


Please consult our Shipping & Returns policy page for complete details and prices.

This design is suitable for all levels of embroidery ability.  

If you are new to needlepoint but have experience with cross-stitch or embroidery of any kind, then you should manage to follow this kit with no difficulty at all.

> Visit our Get Inspired page if you want to learn more about creating beautiful handmade pieces with needlepoint.

> If you are looking for Beginners' craft kits, browse our dedicated collection!

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