Some years ago, at an antiques
market, I bought a small folder containing a collection of Victorian sketches
and designs for various needlework projects, lace making etc.
this interesting group of drawings were a few needlepoint designs hand painted
in watercolour. The four small rose designs used here were adapted from these
I think this
needlewoman was attempting her own version of the Berlin woolwork designs that
were highly fashionable in the second half of the 19th century. You can see the
original Victorian sheet in the bottom right corner of this image, just below
This panel has been designed to
fit neatly into the sleeve of a Clippy Cover Girl Bag, but of course it could be
used in many ways. Why not make the designs as individual badges (with the
background stitched) to sew onto to shopping bag or clothing? Or incorporate
them into other needlework projects (a patchwork quilt for instance). And of
course they would look sweet as a cushion.
particular design is worked on a 7 Count plastic
canvas, in cross stitch.
This stitch is explained in the downloaded materials. Stitching in cross
stitch on this plastic canvas gives a raised effect which gives the rose a
pleasing slightly three dimensional appearance.
panel measures 22cm (8.6 inches) by 29.5cm (11.7inches). There is no background to
be stitched, just the central motif and so a design like this can be completed
in a few evenings.
the design is finished a coloured sheet of card, material or foam is placed
behind the canvas to provide the contrasting colour. You can change these sheets
from time to time to suit your mood or to match your outfit. It is also fun to
decorate the finished needlework further by stitching pieces of old lace,
buttons, or other accessories to the canvas, to make your own original work of
The download below
includes instructions and charts
for two panels - the front panel containing 3 sprays and the reverse panel
(shown below) including
one larger rose bud motif.
bag and plastic canvas are
not included in the download, but can be purchased from our shop.
NPC34: Four Rose Sprays Charts Download