Cab Calloway by Tom Katsumi


  • 17-page, color-separated grid stitch pattern delivered as a digital PDF
  • Zweigart 18-count black aida, pre-cut to 12 x 12 in./30cm
  • 8 skeins of DMC cotton floss: 01, 02, 03, 04, 317, 414, 415, 3799
  • Size 26 tapestry needle, high-polish or nickel-free/hypoallergenic
  • Optional: FSC-certified beechwood embroidery hoop, 8 or 9 inches (9 in. pictured)


Cab Calloway – from Hi-De-Ho (1934)

One of a 4-part series inspired by classic cinema and the motif of light and shadow in the darkness – whether it be from moonlight, a spotlight or the glow of the projector in a dark cinema.

This piece is done in “grid-stitch,” a new method and alternative to cross stitch that uses backstitch and negative space to give a smoother, more detailed image across a smaller area. The color-separated pattern comes in two versions—one with a white background for printing, and one with a black background for screen viewing—and adds one color per page to clearly show which stitches to work against the ones that are already done.

Size: 80 x 110 stitches, approx. 4 x 6 inches on 18ct aida