by Jean D. Crowther
The Last Supper, a counted cross-stitch design by Jean D. Crowther, depicts a beautiful 14′ x 30′ painting created by Leonardo da Vinci on a wall of the newly-remodeled refectory of the Santa Maria delle Grazie Dominican monastery in Milan Italy in the 1850s. The Last Supper was drawn directly upon a prepared wall. The figures, half again as large as life size, were drawn first and the background was filled in later. The painting was designed with Christ as the central figure and the apostles as two groups of six, or four groups of three on either side of him. The glassware, linen, and silver were identical to those used by the monks at that time. The pattern booklet also contains a lot of historical detail about what happened to the painting over the many decades since it was completed.
The cross-stitch pattern is shown in a 3-page full-color fold-out cover, with careful explanations presented within the pattern booklet. The complete graph measures 326 by 97 squares. When worked on 18-count Aida cloth it will measure 18″ by 5 3/8″. If 14-count Aida cloth is used it will measure 23 3/4″ by 7″.