Tribal Mouse by White Willow Stitching

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WWS - Tribal Mouse

What is it?

Jamie Larson of White Willow Stitching was the first to adopt and popularise the “tribal” style designs in cross stitch patterns.

Why this chart?

I looked through the White Willow Tribal designs in my stash and this little fellow leapt out at me. I might just start stitching him this weekend.  WWS Tribal designs range from animals to seasonal to a homewares.

As is true of all monochrome projects, you can stitch this little guy in shades of grey, or you can break out and use any combination of hand dyed fabric and floss you like.  Have a look through the White Willow Stitching customer gallery for some inspiration.

Due to this being a small design, using only complete crosses, I recommend Tribal Mouse for everyone looking to stitch something a little different.

White Willow Stitching - Tribal Mouse


Tribal mouse is printed on US Letter (8½ x 11″) white paper and then spiral bound.  The paper is quite thin and the chart pack feels quite flimsy; it would benefit from the front cover being card stock or all pages printed on heavier paper.

The front cover lists all the materials used to create the model stitch. The back cover has all the information needed to stitch this design in DMC on white Aida; an easier and cheaper option.

The chart itself is quite easy to read and follow; the symbol is a filled in square which is very visible against the grid. The chart is over two pages, but there are no overlap rows to help guide your stitching.  There are 10 stitch grid lines and markers to aid your counting.

The design has been model stitched using hand dyed cotton. While White Willow Stitching have provided a single DMC colour alternative, please keep in mind that a solid colour can never mimic the movement and subtly of a hand dyed thread.  So choose the thread that suits your purpose and style with this design.

 Materials Required

To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:

Threadworx 1120 Foxy

1 skein – ThreadworX 1140 Foxy (similar to 3 skeins of DMC 3022)


Ubelhor - Light Gold

Übelhör – 22ct Light Gold Hardanger (stitch count 155 x 74). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 22 ct Aida or Handanger (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 13¼” x 9½”  or  33 x 24cm  or  a fat eighth (13  x 18″).  If you reduce your margin size to 2″ you can fit this on an ornament cut: 9″ x 13″

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch each Tribal Mouse design using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $   7.00
Floss:  $   4.10
Fabric: $13.10

Total: $24.20  ($29.95 AUD or €13.95  or  £15.70)

Places to Buy

White Willow Stitching sells their charts globally and Tribal Mouse is on sale.


Colours Down Under has all the threads in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the individual charts, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.


Casa Cenina in Spain stocks a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has the chart and thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Sparklies suggests “Titian or Sahara thread on Dr Smith’s Tonic”.

Chromatic Alchemy  “so for tribal mouse any fabric would work I think but I think it’s a perfect opportunity to go bold so I would pick Ashardalon Breathes”.

CA - Tribal Mouse

United States:

123Stitch has the chart and thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Nordic Needle stocks the chart, thread and the Übelhör fabric to stitch this design.


Woulld you stitch this mouse in shades of grey or brown? Would you use another colour and why? Or would you not stitch a mouse at all?


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