Penelope at Her Loom cross stitch pattern was inspired by an early 20th century literary painting by Sidney Harold Meteyard. It is a scene from Homer’s Odyssey of the virtuous Penelope, who has been waiting for more than 10 years for her husband to return from the Trojan War. In the distance (upper right) a small flotilla of ships enter the harbour, hinting at the homecoming.
This full coverage cross stitch project captures the mythological scene in stunning detail including Penelope’s lustrous Auburn hair, jewelled headress, flowing Grecian robe dress, and harbour backdrop. You’ll also enjoy stitching the intricacies of the loom and red poppy border.
But we must warn you. This is a very very big chart.
In fact, it stretches more than 67cm x 100cm (when stitched on 14-count Aida cloth) and requires 155 different DMC colours. The grid area is 370 x 557 and there are 206,090 stitches. 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.