Pinched With Four Aces cross stitch pattern was inspired by a kitsch painting from the Dogs Playing Poker series. Originally created by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (circa. 1903) this hilarious scene has become hugely popular the world over.
Even if you’re not into poker and smokey man-caves, it’s hard not to giggle at a group of formally dressed police dogs busting up a boys night of illegal gambling — just as the bulldog turns up four aces!
Don’t you love that collie dog running away with his tail between his legs?
This is a large, full coverage cross stitch and the finished piece measures 72.6 x 49cm when stitched on 14 count Aida cloth (400 x 270 stitches. The project has a lot of fine detail including the swirling cigar smoke, the cards and poker chips, the velvety kitsch furniture, and (best of all) the hilarious expressions on the dog’s faces. The finished piece looks great.
It’s a challenging project but not to worry, Pinched With Four Aces cross stitch pattern works perfectly with the Pattern Keeper App. Look for the extra PK chart in your download pack.
Want to know a bit more about the cagey card-playing dogs? Here’s a couple of sentences from a popular art site:
It’s not commonly known, but Dogs Playing Poker by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge refers to not just one painting, but 18 of them! The series includes the artist’s original Poker Game (1894) painting, along with 16 other oil paintings commissioned in 1903 by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars, and an additional 1910 painting. All eighteen of these paintings feature comical, humanized dogs; however, only eleven of the paintings actually depict poker-faced pups playing cards around a table.
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge lived from 1834 to 1934 and is recognised mostly for his infamous Dogs Play Poker paintings. The paintings in the series are so much fun (plus it’s always nice to get the menfolk interested in cross stitch) we’re determined to chart all 16. You can check them out in-store.
If you love the dogs playing poker paintings check out these companion charts from the series inspired by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s original artwork.