Gothic Cross Stitch Pattern Frankenstein Quote Instant Download Gothic Novel Mary Shelley

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“To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death” counted cross stitch sampler pattern.

This listing is for a PDF copy of the sampler pattern, which is sold as an instant digital download. Included with the pattern is a document containing a DMC floss color chart (which can be modified to suit the stitcher’s tastes) as well as any other relevant information about working the pattern.

Early in Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein", young Victor Frankenstein goes off to university. Having thrown himself into his studies at school, Frankenstein reaches a point where he believes he understands all the facets of natural philosophy. Being fascinated by "the structure of the human frame, and, indeed, any animal endued with life," he begins to focus on where the "principal of life" originates. Going further in his studies, he concludes: "To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death. I became acquainted with the science of anatomy, but this was not sufficient; I must also observe the natural decay and corruption of the human body."

The topic of this quote made me think of old gravestones. Many old grave markers feature a skull with wings topping the stone. I felt a gravestone shape, with macabre topper, would be a fitting design to accompany this quote about life and death.

This pattern measures 172 by 133 stitches. The sample was worked on white 14 count Aida cloth and (stitched area) measures 12.3 by 9.5 inches. It took about 19 hours to stitch.

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Super happy with the PDF file and the pattern looks straightforward and easy to follow. Perfect for the cross stitcher who is looking for patterns that are unique. Love how the download includes a bit of context for the quote. Thanks a lot!
Feb 19, 2018 by Susan

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