Gathering Rosebuds Cross Stitch was inspired by the 1909 painting Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May by British artist John William Waterhouse. The painting was lost for nearly 100 years, eventually turning up in a Canadian farmhouse — much to the surprise of the owners.
We think you’ll love stitching these beautiful young women gathering wild roses in the meadow. The scene is so natural and relaxing, it would look amazing in your home of office — and bring plenty of peaceful energy too.
The unusually shaped painting was inspired by the opening stanza of the 17th century poem “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick. The poem begins:
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.
The top portion of the painting is arched, drawing your eye from the young women and the rosebushes up to the sky. It’s a lovely effect that makes for a truly unique cross stitch.
Here’s what Toronto art dealer Odon Wagner had to say about the painting. Wagner was instrumental in restoring the painting to the arts community.
“Paintings that please and give happiness, like a beautiful largo in music, the more troubled the world becomes, the more their appeal increases. People [want]to surround themselves with works of quality that evoke contemplation, meditation and messages of quiet and peace.”
We think this is exactly the sort of cross stitch you could get lost in, maybe you do too.
John William Waterhouse was an English painter who lived between 1849 and 1917. He was famous for his paintings of Arthurian legend, mythology, and literary characters.
His paintings are incredibly lifelike, and we adore his natural backgrounds of wildflowers and mysterious water pools. Check out more cross stitch patterns inspired by John William Waterhouse here in our store.