Bailed Up Cross Stitch Pattern

$10.57 USD

Recreate an Australian icon with our fabulous cross stitch project — Bailed Up.

True to the original painting, you’ll have fun stitching the textures and intensity of a stage coach robbery, deep inside the Australian bush.



Bailed Up cross stitch is a replica of the famous oil painting by Australian artist Tom Roberts. It is currently on display at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, and is one of the gallery’s most popular exhibits.

The Project

We’ve recreated this wonderful painting using 36 DMC colours stretched over 72cm. Yes it’s a challenging project, but you’ll be rewarded with an amazing wall feature for your home or office. Something that honours Australian history and the lonely bushland.

You’ll be especially delighted with how well the project replicates the fine detail of the stringy bark trees and the intensity of the summer heat.

PLEASE NOTE: this is a challenging project and contains a lot of confetti and thread changes. We recommend using the Pattern Keeper App to manage your cross stitch.

The Painting

This Australian masterpiece was completed over a number of years, and is particularly famous for the unusual way it was painted. The artist, Tom Roberts, built a platform high in a stringy bark tree, painting in the open air to capture the correct vantage point.

Here’s a few notes from the Art Gallery NSW website:

Roberts superbly captures the summer heat conditions, which render to stillness the dramatic circumstances of a Cobb & Co hold up. The scene was painted from a purpose-built platform in a stringy bark tree, giving the work its high vantage point. Roberts modelled the figures on Inverell townspeople, including stagecoach driver ‘Silent Bob Bates’ who had been held up by local bushranger ‘Captain Thunderbolt’ three decades earlier.

The Artist

Tom Roberts is one of Australia’s most famous artists and at the forefront of the Australian impressionist painters. He lived from 1856–1931, spent most of his career painting capturing the rustic Australian life. If are a fan of Tom Roberts do check out our category dedicated to his artworks.

Additional information

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14 count Aida cloth 400 x 289 stitches (72.6 x 52.4cm)


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