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Closely Kept #1 Digital Cross Stitch Pattern

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Inspired by a cased tintype* found in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) online archives, this semi-reproduction interprets the flower motif embellishment that’s embossed into the velvet on the left side of the case.

This is the first in a series of numbered patterns that will showcase the unique motifs in NMAAHC’s collection of photo cases.

Although most of their identities are lost to time, these cases were surely treasured and closely kept.

This pattern uses only one color, so feel free to switch it out!

This is a digital PDF file of a cross stitch pattern. This is not a tangible, stitched final product.

Skill Level: Easy

Stitch Count: 49w x 85h

Finished Size:

14 ct (28 ct over two) = 3.5 x 6.1 inches (8.9 x 15.4 cm)
16 ct (32 ct over two) = 3.1 x 5.3 inches (7.8 x 13.5 cm)
18 ct (36 ct over two) = 2.7 x 4.7 inches (6.9 x 12 cm)
20 ct (40 ct over two) = 2.5 x 4.25 inches (6.2 x 10.8 cm)

Stitch Total: 1491

Stitch Types: full cross stitches

Amount of Colors: 1

Model stitched 1 pulled strand over 2 fabric threads on 36 count Aztec Red linen by Weeks Dye Works.

PDF includes:

  • multi-page pattern in black and white symbols
  • multi-page pattern in color symbols
  • single page pattern in black and white symbols
  • single page pattern in color symbols
  • floss key
  • DMC conversion recommendations
  • compatibility with Pattern Keeper app

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*Source: Tintype of a girl in a plaid dress, photographer unidentified. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Oprah Winfrey. URL -

The original tintype digital image is part of the public domain with Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation. Usage of its likeness is allowed under the Smithsonian’s Open Access policy.

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Due to their nature as electronic files, PDF cross stitch patterns cannot be returned or exchanged.

Last updated May 23, 2023

You will get two (2) PDF documents with full pattern details, pattern in multiple formats, and floss key.

6.8 MB
20 pages


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Closely Kept #1 Digital Cross Stitch Pattern

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