The Willow Pattern is a blue and white pattern found on pottery/porcelain, popular in the 18th Century and experiencing a comeback in modern times, and originating from China. This cross stitch design was inspired by the pattern, as described in this old poem from the 18th century:
An old Willow poem:
Two birds flying high,
A Chinese vessel, sailing by.
A bridge with three men, sometimes four,
A willow tree, hanging o'er.
A Chinese temple, there it stands,
Built upon the river sands
An apple tree, with apples on,
A crooked fence to end my song.
Only whole cross stitch is required to stitch this design with backstitch to be added for the detailing, and 6 shades of DMC thread are used.
This Willow Pattern mini cushion cross stitch kit includes: 14HPI white aida fabric, ready-sorted DMC stranded cotton threads on a card sorter, needle, backing fabric, b&w symbol chart and instructions (cushion filler not included).
Design size: 5¾" (14.7cm) square.