Return of Orpheus cross stitch pattern was inspired by the 1907 painting The Return of Orpheus by Sidney Harold Meteyard. In this beautiful Autumn scene, the Greek demigod Orpheus sits at the entrance to a cave, which is also a door into the underworld. He has lost his bride Eurydice to a nest of vipers and has come to plead (unsuccessfully) her (or maybe his) return.
The Return of Orpheus is one of the artist’s most important paintings and was exhibited at the Royal Academy several times between 1907 and 1918.
This is a large, full coverage project that measures 27.2cm x 61.5cm when stitched on 14 count Aida cloth (150 x 339 stitches). It’s a challenging piece due to the extreme detail in the autumn leaves, dark green foliage, and the demigod’s royal blue robes.
To make things easier for you however, we’ve included an extra chart in your download pack that works perfectly with the Pattern Keeper App. PK makes everything better.
Sidney Harold Meteyard was a British artist and polymath who lived from 1868-1947. Not only was he a brilliant painter but was also accomplished in many different mediums including stained glass, enamelling, and leatherwork. We adore the fine detail and bright colours in his paintings, especially the incredible texture and shine he achieves in the gowns and garments of his subjects. We have lots more replicas of his work in the store.