Pretty Deadly Cross Stitch Sampler

5 October 2022
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Beautiful, and a little bit dangerous.

When we discovered this heart sampler by Fergus Reed, we knew we had to commission a project from him. How thrilled (and chilled) we were when he agreed to design a cross-stitch sampler featuring poisonous plants, and that the timing would work out perfectly for an October release 🎃.

From belladonna to hyacinth to hemlock and more, the project PDF includes a full gridded pattern plus individual detailed patterns for each of the flowers. No need to pick your poison—stitch them all!

image description: a cross stitch sampler of plants

Stitches used:

Full cross stitch, ¾ stitch, half stitch, ¼ stitch, back stitch.

Grid Size:

210 stitches (W) x 162 stitches (H).

Design Area:

  • 14 or 28 count: 38 x 29.5 cm/15 x 11.5 inches
  • 16 or 32 count: 33.5 x 25.5 cm/13.25 x 10.25 inches
  • 18 or 36 count: 29.5 x 23 cm/11.75 x 9 inches

Fabric in model:

32-count linen, Kudzu by Weeks Dye Works; DMC equivalent: 3363.

DMC Floss List:

1 skein of each of the following:

  • 3 – tin, md
  • 16 – chartreuse, lt
  • 154 – grape, vy lt
  • 155 – blue violet, md dk
  • 210 – lavender, md
  • 310 – black
  • 333 – blue violet, vy dk
  • 347 – salmon, vy dk
  • 445 – lemon, lt
  • 500 – blue green, vy dk
  • 552 – violet, md
  • 610 – drab brown, dk
  • 703 – chartreuse
  • 742 – tangerine, lt
  • 797 – royal blue
  • 814 – garnet, dk
  • 905 – parrot green, dk
  • 907 – parrot green, lt
  • 946 – burnt orange, md
  • 973 – canary, br
  • 987 – forest green, dk
  • 989 – forest green
  • 3031 – mocha brown, vy dk
  • 3047 – yellow beige, lt
  • 3345 – hunter green, dk
  • 3607 – plum, lt
  • 3609 – plum, ul lt
  • 3777 – terra cotta, vy dk
  • 3805 – cyclamen pink
  • 3806 – cyclamen pink, lt
  • 3838 – lavender blue, dk
  • 3865 – winter white
image description: a close-up of a small portion of the border of a cross-stitch project

All image credits Fergus Reed.

Copyright © Fergus Reed except as indicated.
image description: a portrait of a man with brown skin, short hair dyed green, and wearing glasses; he looks directly into the camera, smiling cautiously

About Fergus Reed

Fergus Reed is a painter and fibre artist. He started out quilting, and has found expression in knitting, crochet, miniature making, painting both digitally and in acrylic ink, and especially loves cross stitch. Find him on Etsy at etsy.com/ca/shop/badvibesonlyshop and on Instagram @bigbadvibes_

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