Gothic Cross Stitch Pattern The Monk Quote Instant Download Gothic Novel Matthew Lewis Love

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“In my veins while blood shall roll, / I am thine! / Thou art mine! / Thine my body! / Thine my soul!” 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.

In Matthew Lewis’s The Monk, Don Raymond is relating the tale of his ill-fated love for Agnes. Though in love, the two have been forbidden to marry, and so plan to run away together. Agnes tells Don Raymond of a legendary ghost called the Bleeding Nun who haunts the castle where Agnes lives. On the fifth of May, the castle gates are left open and unguarded so that the ghost may leave the castle at midnight. Agnes alone of the inhabitants does not believe the legend, and so plans to dress up as the ghost and make her escape. The hour arrives, and Don Raymond sees the Bleeding Nun emerge from the castle, and assuming her to be his beloved, hurries to her:

“I flew to meet her, and clasped her in my arms. ‘Agnes!’ said I while I pressed her to my bosom, ‘Agnes! Agnes! Thou art mine! / Agnes! Agnes! I am thine! / In my veins while blood shall roll, / Thou art mine! / I am thine! / Thine my body! Thine my soul!’ It is only after having made their escape that he discovers, to his horror, that he has just pledged himself to the Bleeding Nun, and not to his beloved Agnes.

I loved the drama of this little verse, and wanted to capture the gothic-ness of it (really, does it get more gothic than declaring “Thou art mine” to a ghost called the Bleeding Nun outside a castle at midnight?). I devised a gothic font and decided on some dark, spooky-looking swirls (playing up the “rolling” blood) with subtle, dark red hearts as accent.

This pattern measures 150 x 145 stitches. The sample was worked on white 14ct Aida cloth and (stitched area) measures 10.71” x 10.36”. It took about 39 hours to stitch.


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