(This listing is for a downloadable cross stitch chart in PDF format, which you will need to download and print prior to use. It is not for a finished project of any type, nor does it include any of the other supplies - such as fabric, floss, and needle – that you will need to stitch the design.)
Inspired by my love of books and libraries, this original cross stitch design celebrates (and features) one of the world’s most famous literary oaths: the Bodleian Oath (sometimes also known as the Bodleian Declaration).
Stitched entirely in full cross stitch (with backstitch accents) in shades of brown, blue, gold, green, and red on natural/raw linen, it features the full text of the library oath* accented by two borders depicting classic leather-bound books and a simple backstitch border.
Measuring an impressive 160 stitches wide by 119 stitches high, it would make a great addition to your home, office, or classroom décor or a unique gift for your favorite bibliophile.
*In case you’re wondering, I elected not capitalize the word “library” in the oath in order to maintain a consistent layout within the text of the oath in the chart. (Although the English translation of the oath does capitalize the word, the original Latin version does not.)
The color image above shows how the design would look using the fabric and floss specified in the pattern.
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