The Tempest cross stitch pattern is a replica of the 1916 literary painting by British artist John William Waterhouse. The original painting was inspired by a scene from Shakespeare’s play of the same name and features the lead character Miranda gazing into the windswept ocean, as a ship is overcome by smashing waves.
The Tempest cross stitch pattern is a large, full coverage project that measures 90.7cm x 65.1cm when stitched on 14 count Aida cloth 500 x 359 stitches. We’ve rated this project ChallengingPLUS because the project is so big and has so many similar thread tones. We also used a lot of confetti to give the piece texture and depth.
PLEASE NOTE: your download pack includes an extra chart that has been formatted for Pattern Keeper App. We recommend using PK for full coverage projects like this one.
The Tempest is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays and Waterhouse has painted a moment from Act 1 Scene 2 where the island maiden Miranda witnesses a devastating shipwreck. Lamenting the loss of human life she appeals to her father:
Oh, I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer. A brave vessel
Who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her
Dashed all to pieces. Oh, the cry did knock
Against my very heart! Poor souls, they perished.
Had I been any god of power, I would
Have sunk the sea within the earth or ere
It should the good ship so have swallowed and
The fraughting souls within her.
John William Waterhouse was an English painter who lived between 1849 and 1917. He was famous for his paintings of Arthurian legend, mythology, and literary characters.
His paintings are incredibly lifelike, and we adore his natural backgrounds of wildflowers and mysterious water pools. Check out more cross stitch patterns inspired by John William Waterhouse here in our store.