Inspired by Rouge

I find many of the French cross-stitch patterns beautiful in their own way – simple, and yet timelessly elegant. I simply couldn’t pass these French patterns up when I was shopping at a needlework store a while back. The rouge on linen is just too pretty:

They also came with cute little charms:

I have a long list of projects to do — and I think I just might have to bump these pretties up on the list! :)


Now, lest you think I never finish anything I start, how about an actually finished project? I made this for one of my closest friends because her favorite Scripture passage is Psalm 23. The cross-stitch motif, stitched on Belgian Linen, is patterned after traditional 18th embroidery motifs. The finished size was something like 20″ x 25″ before framing:

I hardly do anything twice, especially when it comes to needlework. But I liked this so much that I started one for myself with colors reflecting the Americana theme. I was just about finished, when I realized my border on the right hand side didn’t “close” up properly. So, I am in the process of taking stitches and trying to figure where I have erred — I was just going to fudge it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me rest… so, technically in every sense of the word, my Psalm 23 sampler counts as an unfinished project. Would anyone like to help me out here?! ;)

12 thoughts on “Inspired by Rouge

  1. Your needlework is stunning. I love it!
    I haven’t done any needlepoint or cross-stitch in years. This makes me wonder if I should take it back up!

    • I purchased this same 23rd Psalm design I have no idea who did it or how old it is. It is without a doubt the most stunning piece of work I’ve ever seen. Every detail is exquisite. I’m looking for information about who might have done it and how old it is. Does anyone have information on how old this pattern is? I don’t have a place to hang it. If anyone is interested in purchasing it I’d be willing to sell it to someone who would enjoy hanging it and has the wall space for it.

  2. Wow, that’s really pretty!! And I like all the sheep on it!! A little OCD, aren’t you? haha, but I’m sure that you’ll be able to complete it just the way you want to!

  3. Hi, I’m wanting to make a wall hanging of scripture prayers for a friend whose husband is passing away. Something like what you’ve done here would be perfect. Is this a pattern that you created yourself or did you take from other patterns? Could you point me to any patterns that would help? Thanks!

    • I recently purchased that exact pattern n a vintage sale. This is the most exquisite piece of work I’ve ever seen. I don’t know who did it or if it’s hand made since it’s framed. I don5 have wall space to hang it. If you would like to purchas3 it as a gift for you4 friend I’d consider selling it. Pkeas3 contact me.

  4. When you accomplish you stitching…..would you be interested in selling your pattern for the
    23psalm…..I used that exact pater when I made it for when my son and daughter in law were
    Married…….now their daughter is getting married…..I would love to do it as a wedding present
    For my granddaughter……my name is Sandy Stephens….my addresss is 6921 West 124 street,
    My apt #is #1501….Overland Park, Kansas 66209….. phone: 913-221-3455…

  5. Would you have a copy of that 23rd Psalm that I could purchase I am trying to draw a pattern from photos I took of that piece (I did it way back in the ’80’s) and it is not going smoothly! Or, would you know where I could obtain that pattern?

  6. Would you have a copy of the pattern for the Vera Klein Psalm 23 cross stitch piece? I will pay you for it. Also, how do I know if you are answering this email? I contacted you a week ago and have not heard back from you about this same question.

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