Sleeping Child cross stitch is a replica of a famous painting by Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais. The 1865 artwork depicts a tiny girl asleep in her daybed, still clutching a bunch of primroses and hyacinths. In the shadows, her nurse sits quietly embroidering until her little charge wakes up.
This is a very large, full coverage cross stitch that measures 63.5cm x 82.5 cm when stitched on 14-count Aida cloth (350 x 455 grid size). The project requires 146 different DMC colours and has 159,250 cross stitches.
It’s quite a tough piece due to the many shades of white and cream that recreate the crumpled bed linen and shining satin couvre-pied. If you’re up for the challenge we’ll think you’ll particularly enjoy stitching the little girl’s rosy cheeks, strawberry blonde hair, and crimson sash (at the foot of the bed).
Please note: we have included an extra chart in your download pack that works perfectly with the Pattern Keeper App. PK is a great way to manage full coverage cross stitch.
John Everett Millais was part of the Pre-Raphaelite English painters and lived from 1829 – 1896. Millais was a child prodigy, and was already studying with the Royal Academy by age 11. He is famous for his gorgeous paintings of literary characters, religion and mythology. If you love large, full coverage projects like Hamlet’s Ophelia cross stitch, browse our category dedicated to the artworks of Millais.