Issa and the Giant Skull Cross Stitch Pattern

$10.55 USD

Russian folklore and symbolism

Looking for a spiritual design for your home or office?

This recreation of Nicholas Roerich’s Issa and the Giant Head is sure to bring peace, tranquility and mystical energy. And it’s not that difficult to stitch.



Issa and the Giant Skull cross stitch pattern was inspired by deeply mystical painting by Russian artist, philosopher, and peace activist Nicholas Roerich.

The Myth

Roerich was painting a scene from ‘The Lost Years of Jesus‘ where Jesus was purported to have spent 16 years traveling India and Tibet before returning to Israel and Jerusalem. In the painting, the enlightened St Issa (Jesus) stands before a giant skull, high in the Indian Himalayas.

The Project

We adore the gorgeous colour palette, and we’ve done our best to recreate this mystical painting in DMC Garnet, Fuchsia, Rosewood, Copper and Violet.

Even though it’s a very large project (72.6 x 45.7cm on 14 count Aida) there’s not a lot of confetti  — you’ll mainly be stitching large blocks of single colours. Fantastic.

The Artist

Nicholas Roerich lived between 1874 and 1947 and was famous in his own country for painting scenes from ancient history (look for the Viking and Slavs series in the shop).

In his later years he travelled extensively through India, Mongolia and Asia, capturing the essence of the Indian and Nepal Himalayas — as well as themes and symbols from the world’s great religions. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism.

What we particularly love about the artworks of Nicholas Roerich is the way they evokes a deep sense of peace, tranquility and stillness. Perfect for cross stitch.

Keep calling back to the store as we add more amazing cross stitch projects featuring the artworks and visions of Nicholas Roerich.

Additional information

Pattern Keeper


14 count Aida cloth 400 x 252 stitches (72.6 x 45.7cm)


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