Strayed Sheep cross stitch pattern is a replica of the 1852 oil painting Our English Coasts by British artist William Holman Hunt. In this seaside scene, a flock of sheep have strayed onto some rocky cliffs that overlook the coastline.
The painting was originally commissioned as a sequel to Hunt’s famous The Hireling Shepherd (which we have also charted) and features the same sheep and colour palette.
This is a large, full coverage cross stitch project and the finished piece is exactly the same size as the original painting (58.1cm x 42.1cm) when stitched on 14-count Aida cloth. The project requires 183 different DMC thread colours to recreate the textures of the woollen sheep, tangled flowers and vines, shadows on the heather, and the turquoise ocean backdrop. You’ll be completing 72,240 cross stitches.
PLEASE NOTE: we’ve included an extra chart in your download pack that has been specially formatted for the Pattern Keeper App. PK is the best way to manage full-coverage cross stitch.
William Holman Hunt was an English painter and one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His literary and mythological paintings are deeply symbolic and known for being brightly coloured with exquisite detail. Look for more of his work in our growing section dedicated to Pre-Raphaelite artists.