The Dedication cross stitch pattern was inspired by a 1908 painting of the same name by British artist Edmund Blair Leighton. In this tribute to medieval times, a young knight is kneeling before the priest in his white tunic and chain-mail armour, offering his sword and his life in service to the realm.
The overall design symbolises loyalty, courage, devotion and service and carries a powerful spiritual energy.
This is a very large full-coverage cross stitch and measures 63.5cm x 82.0cm (350 x 452 stitches) when completed on 14-count Aida cloth. The project requires 93 different DMC colours and you’ll be completing 158,200 stitches.
Our project is a close replica of the original painting and we think you’ll enjoy recreating the young knight’s ornate tunic, helmet and armour as well as the embroidered gown and headdress of his beautiful companion. Other fantastic details include the stained glass window, tapestried floor coverings, church ornamentation, stone pillars, and outdoor scene through an open doorway. We adore the Knight’s devoted steward standing at the door with his horse.
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 projects.
We’ve charted all three paintings from Edmund Leighton’s Code of Chivalry series. The paintings were extremely popular at the turn of the 20th century and were well-received by the Royal Academy. Now you can stitch them for yourself.
Edmund Blair Leighton was a British artist who lived between 1852 and 1922. He is famous for his stunning interpretations of medieval legends and romantic scenes in the style of the Pre-Raphaeliete and Romantic period artists. We are busy charting a large number of his paintings into cross stitch patterns that look just like the original artwork but work perfectly in the Pattern Keeper App.