Black-shouldered Kite Cross Stitch Pattern

$8.90 USD

MjAY Original Design

Counted cross stitch pattern inspired by a small Australian raptor perched high above the new sugar cane.



Black-shouldered Kite cross stitch is one of my own designs and features this Australian native bird of prey. Sitting high above a sugar-cane field on a dead tree branch, the little raptor is recreated in just a few shades of the DMC palette.

The Moment

It was mid-2012 and I was house-sitting a friend’s farmhouse while they visited family in Europe. This little predator liked to sit on a dead-tree branch overlooking the newly ploughed fields, watching for small rodents and reptiles moving among the emerging sugarcane plants.

The Project

Black-shouldered Kite cross stitch has been designed specifically for 14 count Aida cloth and is not too difficult to complete. Even though the chart-size (see below) indicates an area of 54cm x 36cm, this is actually the full design area. There aren’t really a lot of stitches, just 9,091.

Use a shaded blue Aida cloth as the background to mimic a Far-north Queensland (Australia) dry season sky.

The Artist

Melinda J. Irvine is a professional writer, blogger and eCommerce consultant who has been cross stitching for more than 30 years. Growing up with a long line of women who created all their own clothes and home decor, Mel got her first sewing machine at age 7 (a tiny thing that clamped to the table and made big chain stitches).

Decades later she’s still stitching and thrilled to launch Cross Stitch Patterns Online, a project that finally combines her career skills (copywriting, eCommerce, web development) with cross stitch and needlework.

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Additional information

Pattern Keeper


14 Count Aida Cloth , 9,091 stitches (54.4 x 25.2cm)


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