I got the pattern from issue 6 of Xstitch Magazine, and it was made by Arlene Cohen, who goes by the handle WorksByABC. The pattern includes a full list of materials and threads, and I got it mounted by Landseer Picture Framing.
The magazine entry explains that these squares weren’t chosen at random – they were taken from an 1856 design book The Grammar of Ornament, and based on patterns found in Egyptian art. I found a digitised copy of the book, which has several plates featuring similar designs.
I can spot some of the squares from the cross-stitch pattern in the digitised plates, but not all of them – I wonder if they’re from elsewhere, or if they were created by WorksByABC?
One of the reasons I enjoy cross-stitch is that I can just follow the instructions in the pattern, and soon I have something that looks nice. This piece exemplifies that more than most – once I’d worked out the repetition, I could keep stitching without having to refer back to the cross-stitch pattern. Indeed, I even spotted a few places where the cross-stitch pattern deviated from the repetition, and I was able to fix hem.
This isn’t my biggest or most interesting piece, but it was fun and easy to make, and it adds a splash of colour to a previously blank wall.