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Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid (Johannes Vermeer) - Cross Stitch Chart
Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid (Johannes Vermeer) - Cross Stitch Chart

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This advanced fine-art cross stitch design, Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid, was developed from a painting by Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer, acknowledged as one of the greatest artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Created between 1670 and 1671, Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid shows a middle-class woman with her maid who is acting as a messenger for the woman and her lover. It appears as though the two women are disconnected as shown by the positions of their bodies. The maid, as she gazes towards the window, seems impatient as she waits for the messenger to carry the woman's letter away. However, some historians feel there was some degree of intimacy between them, shown by the fact that the maid's presence was allowed during such an intimate moment. Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid was stolen in 1974, recovered eight days later, stolen again in 1986 and finally recovered in 1993. The painting resides at the National Gallery in Dublin.

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Pattern Details

Design Size:
323w x 388h stitches

Types of Stitches:
Full stitches only, no half or quarter stitches, no backstitching

Level of Difficulty:

Sewn Design Size:
14 count: 23.07 x 27.71 inches
18 count: 17.94 x 21.56 inches
20 count: 16.15 x 19.40 inches
22 count: 14.68 x 17.64 inches

Fabric size necessary for design:
Add six inches to both length and width (3" on each side)

Number of floss colors in the design: 74 (DMC cotton floss) No blended colors.

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