The Hireling Shepherd Cross Stitch Pattern

$12.83 USD

Actual Size of Original Painting

How about cross stitching our life-sized replica of a Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece. It’s big and it’s tricky – but the colours, texture, and detail are simply incredible.



The Hireling Shepherd cross stitch pattern is a replica of an 1851 oil painting by British artist William Holman Hunt. In this attractive scene, a handsome young shepherd courts a young maiden — completely oblivious that his sheep are wandering into the neighbouring orchard and cornfield.

The Project

This project is one the largest we have in our store. Measuring 108.9cm x 75.8cm (600 x 418 stitches) when completed on 14 count Aida, the finished piece is the same size as the actual painting. We’ve rated the project ChallengingPLUS because of the massive chart size and the 193 different DMC colours you’ll need to complete the project.

Ok, now for the good stuff. This cross stitch looks incredible. The colours are vibrant and exciting and we’ve captured all the fine details from the painting — summer blossoms, golden meadows, textured garments, ginger-haired lovers, bare feet in cool stream, and (of course) the sheep in the corn. If you love romance, country scenes, and beautiful symbols of fertility, abundance, and courtship, this cross stitch is for you.

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 large full coverage cross stitch.

The Artist

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.

Additional information


Chart size


Grid size: 600 x 418
Stitches: 250,800
Dimensions: 108.9cm x 75.8cm
Fabric: 14 count Aida cloth
Palette: 193 colours

Accent Colours




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