The Milkmaid Cross Stitch pattern is a replica of the famous 1660 painting by Dutch Artist Johannes Vermeer. If you love fine art cross stitch, this is a wonderful opportunity to recreate a 17th century masterpiece in fine detail.
We think you’ll love stitching the incredible textures and colours in the broken bread, earthenware pots, cascading milk, hanging lantern, woven baskets, and (of course) the milkmaid’s layered garments.
This is a large, full coverage cross stitch that measures 45.4cm x 50.8cm (70,000 stitches) when completed on 14 count Aida cloth. You’ll need 123 different DMC colours and some patience to complete the tricky background wall. We didn’t mess with the background because the lighting behind the young maid is such an important feature of the painting.
This is a challenging piece, so we recommend using Pattern Keeper to manage your project. Look for the extra PK chart in your download pack, it works perfectly in the Pattern Keeper App.
Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter who lived between 1632 and 1675. He only produced about 36 paintings in his lifetime, but each of them are revered for their incredible use of light and form. We have charted a number of his artworks into cross stitch patterns, including his most famous work: Girl With a Pearl Earring.