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    Clouded Leopard Cross stitch kit.

    Complete Photo to cross stitch finishing service.

    We created this Clouded Leopard Cross stitch kit using a photograph provided by a regular client. For more details please see our Photo to cross stitch finishing service.

    Firstly, on receipt of the image we edited out the background. The Leopards head was then edited to suit the design and dimensions in keeping with a set of Big cat cross stitch kits that the customer already owned. A previous project completed from a professional kit can be seen here.

    After agreeing upon a suitable edited image we produced a selection of pattern options. Each pattern contained a varying amount of colours giving varying levels of detail.

    To achieve the desired look the client chose the pattern which required fifty different colours of yarn. Following that we produced a pattern and colour chart then proceeded with the project.

    Starting the Big cat cross stitch kit.

    Firstly, we stitched a fat quarter of Aida onto a sewing frame. Then the Aida needed tightening giving it a drum like quality.

    Next, both the pattern centre and Aida centre needed locating before commencing the stitch work.

    Stitching a big cat cross stitch kit.

    Clouded Leopard cross stitch kit beginning with the eyes.

    With everything ready we first focused on the eyes as they were crucial to the overall look of the piece. These would help create the realism that we were looking for so it is crucial to get them right. As shown in the image, the left eye worked beautifully however, the right eye seemed a little dark. Adjustments would be made once the design neared completion. Being a custom piece it would give us a better idea of the overall look thus enabling us make the correct adjustments.

    Big cat cross stitch kits.

    The next thing to do was to stitch to the top left of the image. This would add the Leopards ear and create the initial curve of the head. Doing so makes it possible to stitch from left to right slowly building the cross stitch design

    Top half of a clouded leopard cross stitch kit.

    Custom cross stitch designs

    In the next image the right side of the Leopards head is almost complete. the whiskers are now becoming visible and the likeness is now starting to form but the realism still isn’t quite there yet.

    Completing the Clouded Leopard cross stitch kit.

    In the following two images you can see how we continued across to the left side of the Leopards head, first adding in the Leopards muzzle and nose to bring more life, realism and definition to the face and then continued across and back up the face before finally adding the whiskers to finish off the Head. Lastly, we unpicked the right eye, restitched it using lighter colours, added reflection to bring it to life and finish the overall look.

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    Ross Jaguar Cross-stitch pattern.

    This Ross Originals, Jaguar cross-stitch pattern has to be one of my favourite pieces to date.

    Ross originals Jaguar cross stitch pattern.

    This Jaguar cross stitch design is one in a big cat series that also includes a Lion, Snow Leopard, Tiger, White Tiger and Panther by Australian cross stitch designer Graeme Ross. The design can be stitched on 18ct Aida, 16ct Aida or 14ct Aida.

    Who is Graeme Ross?

    Graeme Ross was an artist and designer who created the Ross Originals cross-stitch designs that included many collections such as birds, animals, floral designs, homes and scenery, tropical fish, butterflies and many others.

    I stitched this particular design on 14ct Antique white Aida at the clients request to be in keeping with ones that they had already completed. The design itself requires the use of 20 stranded cotton skeins.

    Graeme Ross Jaguar Cross-Stitch pattern.

    Ross originals, pattern symbols.

    The pattern has a hand made feel and the design contains 20 different symbols that denote each coloured thread used, listed in the bottom left hand of the pattern. However during the stitching I believe there is a typing error for at least one of the colours: this being DMC 3042 which is a lilac colour. However I felt aesthetically it should have been DMC 3024 which is more Grey and in keeping with the overall design. Please see below.

    Big cat Cross Stitch patterns.
    Graeme Ross big cat cross stitch pattern designs.

    There are also two separate thread codes for both Anchor Threads and DMC Threads. Personally I found some of these symbols a little hard to decipher. First I thought that as I was using a photo copy to work from the printer may have printed incorrectly. However with that said, on inspection of the original design the same discrepancies where also visible on the original pattern.

    Also concentration and a certain degree of skill’s required when following the pattern. There’s many individual stitches dotted through out the design and these can be easily overlooked. This happens especially when working on certain areas or if distracted or you struggle to follow a pattern.


    On the plus side with this design, once you have completed your last cross there’s no back stitch required.

    In conclusion.

    Apart from the pattern being slightly difficult to decipher in places and the colour discrepancy I enjoyed working on it. Overall when completed the Jaguar cross stitch design’s a beautiful piece but I would not recommend it for a beginner.

    In terms of availability patterns can be purchased online but I would recommend checking all colour codes with the design picture before ordering any cross stitch threads.