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Barbara Ana Designs - The Wounded Deer - PRINTED Cross Stitch Pattern + Floss/Fabric (Sold Separately)

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This startling pattern is inspired by a Frida Kahlo's painting called "The wounded deer."  In the painting, the artist pictures herself as an injured deer, stricken with arrows, the animal's head substituted with her anguished face. 

Barbara Ana's cross stitch work focuses on Frida Kahlo's extraordinary beauty, in contrast with the artist's immense suffering. Horns growing out of her head allude to the deer and a single arrow that has pierced her neck, to the deadly wound. The neck disappears in a sea of blue, it almost seems as if Frida was drowning.

Barbara Ana was also inspired by the poem by Emily Dickinson "A Wounded Deer leaps highest". She finds the phrase truly describes Frida Kahlo state of mind, as she musters all her will in the face of love and life's adversities.

Frida Kahlo has inspired Barbara Ana two other works, which together form a lovely triptych, and are stitched in similar colors. One is a portrait, the other features Frida and Diego. 

Pattern details:

  • Chart size in stitches: 58 x 92 (wide x high)
  • Needlework fabric: natural Linen
  • Stitches: Cross stitch, Backstitch
  • Chart: Black & White, Color
  • Threads: DMC
  • Number of colors: 17