This charming small cross design uses Scotch and Reverse Scotch Stitches in one or two colors to make the design. You might be wondering about the name for this black-and-white cross that is split down the middle. It’s named for one of my outside cats. She a tortoiseshell and her face is half ginger and half black. I was thinking about what to call her, but all the half-and-half names I could think of were boy’s names. Then I thought of the Roman god Janus, the two-faced god. He’s also the god the month of January is named for because his faces look both back and forward.
The guy’s version of his name is Januarius. So I turned it into a feminine form. Hence Januaria.
It is a very striking design. If you want to turn it into a square block, be sure to split the background into two colors as well, along the diagonal. I stitched it in Gentle Arts floss for the white in Picket Fence and Etoile in black. Clock the chart to see it full-size.
Isn’t it a fun design?