Our lovely Castle Cross Stitch Pattern has been inspired by the many castles we have here in the UK.
The large format castle cross stitch pattern on 16 count Aida, features a mythical British castle. This pattern is not for beginners because it’s huge!
As you walk through the grassy meadow up to the moat, filled with water, the imposing drawbridge is right in front of you. Built for the ultimate battle, our castle cross stitc has several different floors, blue capped turrets and castellated walls. Clever shading of stones in tones of brown adds depth to the design and there are red, white and blue flags fluttering from the seven flagpoles, although you could change the color of those for your own country’s flag.
We provide you with our downloadable castle cross stitch charts in color and also in black and white symbols as well as a recommendation for using particular DMC shades, although you can use other threads if you prefer.
The United Kingdom has castles galore, they vary in design depending on what sort of threat they were expecting to combat. Many had small slits for windows so that arrows could be fired out of them with little risk of injury to the archer.
In Wales, the castles were usually four-square and situated commanding good views across wide distances like river estuaries or the sea. But in Scotland castles were more often fortified houses so in later years, instead of being ruins like most of those in England, they were converted into grand homes.
Our castle cross stitch is more like those of Scotland than England, you could imagine in modern times that the building would become a prestigious home.
Not every castle was built to repel marauding invaders. For instance, Bodiam Castle in England was designed to impress visitors while the Welsh Harlech Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop, with walls several feet thick, was clearly a fortress which would be attacked at peril!
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Northern Ireland also has a large number of castles ranging from Carrickfergus Castle, a stronghold dating back to the 12th century, as well as Belfast Castle, built in the style of a Scottish baronial house, and which most closely resembles our castle cross stitch.