I Am Half-Sick of Shadows cross stitch pattern was inspired by the literary painting of the same name by Sidney Harold Meteyard. It was completed in 1913 and is a stunning interpretation of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem The Lady of Shalott.
In the poem a beautiful maiden is confined to a tower, cursed to spend her days weaving images into her tapestry loom and viewing the outside world as mere reflections of the mirror.
But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror’s magic sights,
For often thro’ the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, came from Camelot:
Or when the moon was overhead
Came two young lovers lately wed;
‘I am half sick of shadows,’ said
The Lady of Shalott.
The extract (above) features the phrase that inspired the original painting (and our cross stitch pattern).
Our cross stitch project captures the scene in exquisite detail including the Lady of Shalott’s bright blue gown, fine draperies in violet and fuchsia tones, and the images of the strolling lovers in the mirror. We think you’ll love stitching the lower border of flowers and greenery.
But we must warn you. This is a very very big chart.
In fact, it stretches more than 100cm x 68cm and requires 249 different DMC colours. Are you up for the challenge?
PLEASE NOTE: To avoid any headaches, we recommend using Pattern Keeper App to manage this project, as there was really no way of differentiating the symbols. Look in your download pack for an extra PK chart.
This fantastic project is well worth your stitching efforts and will surely be a signature piece and talking point in your home, office, or studio for many years to come.
Sidney Harold Meteyard was a British painter and mixed-media artist. He was a contemporary of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones and is famous for his brightly-coloured depictions of literature, myth and legend. Check our store for more patterns inspired by Sidney Meteyard.