[HNW] stitch count of Mary's cruciform cross-stitch designs

Katherine Fling elizabet at housemarshall.org
Thu Jun 24 10:30:51 PDT 2010

That's about what I came up with. Basically, I got high res photos from the
V&A website, counted stitches and divided by the size of the piece.

On the ones that there is part of the stitching fallen away, it looks like
the ground was what we would call "needlepoint canvas" with the open holes.
It almost looks like Penelope (the double threads that can be worked "over
2" or "over 1" for different sizes of stitching) but that may just be
distortion from the over 2 stitching.

Those high res photos are fantastic, you can really focus down to the stitch

So, I would use congress cloth (which is 24 count). It used to be available
in linen, but that seems to have been discontinued :(

Kandy Fling (or Elizabet Marshall), returning to her lurking

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 1:02 PM, Johnna Holloway <johnnae at mac.com> wrote:

> Details are actually in Santina Levey's book The Embroideries at Hardwick
> Hall: A Catalogue.
> See the chapter on Applied Needlework. It discusses the Oxburgh hangings
> and also the V&A
> pieces in connection with the work remaining at Hardwick Hall.
> She states on page 341 for the Oxburgh panels  "The octagons and cruciforms
> are worked mainly with floss, including some lovely mingled colours, in two
> stage cross stitch over paired threads with a stitch count of 13 x 12 per
> square inch/2.5 cm." There's also finer tent stitch over single threads
> mentioned with a count of 24 x 23 per square inch/2.5cm.
> For the cruciform depicting a falcon on page 343  the "linen-canvas ground
> is worked entirely with floss, mostly in two stage cross stitch
> over two threads with a stitch count of 13 x 13 per square inch/2.5cm." she
> notes vertical lines can be a mix of cross and overcast."
> hope this helps
> Johnna
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