This design is based on the beautiful illustrations which can be found in ancient Celtic manuscripts such as the Lindisfarne Gospels and The Book of Kells.
The design doesn’t include any fractional stitches – the curved effect of the lines are created using back stitch – making it a simple and relatively quick design to stitch. For increased drama, this same design could be stitched on a dark or black background.
Give this design a go ~ you can buy the pattern pdf for Â£2.99 (approx US$5) by clicking here.
Some more about the design…
As a child I would spend hours drawing and colouring, and have spent a lot of my life fascinated by Celtic art. My artist mother was a scot by birth and upbringing, and so was also a fan of this distinctive style, and had plenty of books in the house I could study.
Having a go at Celtic lettering and subsequently knotwork was an extension of the fascination I had (have) with calligraphy.
Also, after I’d left home, I bought and was given (hence have two of the beginners book) a really useful series of book on drawing Celtic designs by Aidan Meehan – they show you how to lay out and plan your designs and then give you lots of inspiration for how to embellish and develop your art in that same style.
(If you click the picture the link will take you to the Amazon page for the first in the series – I highly recommend them!)
This design is drawn on an illuminated title page from The Lindisfarne Gospels. Specifically from the major illuminated initial page from the front of the Gospel according to St Matthew.Â Although I could have made my own from scratch, this being the first attempt at translating knotwork into stitchwork, I felt I needed the ancient monastic support.
(Here you can see me pointing to the source for this design. It took a while to find it. See how they fitted it into a couple of inches but I need… a bit more HGH than that)
Another teenage project I had embarked on was to design a full alphabet of illuminated capitals. One of my first misguided actions in commercial cross stitch production was to put together kits of the whole alphabet. I still have most of them. You can see some ofÂ them on our facebook page header. They used the same colours as this design, but were stitched on a black background, finishing up to fit into an A5 (half legal) frame. They also used fractional stitches, which I now find very tiresome. here’s a snapshot of them. Honestly, if you want to stitch one, let me know – I have the charts, but don’t plan to re-release them. I may even take bids on the stitched models (mounted in tasteful gold-painted wooden frame!) if you’re really keen, but they are truly a one-off sale. Leave a comment or contact me through Facebook if you want one! This is why the reference code for this design is CE27. Although it was the *actual* first Celtic design I did, I knew I was planning to do the alphabet, and having the letter A be anything other than 1 didn’t fit with my orderly temperament.
The Celtic Cross design has 4-way symmetry so arguably the chart could just be a quarter of the design, but I know many stitchers like to mark where they are – so you get all four turns of the wheel!
And speaking of turning the wheel – here’s a sneak peek of the next one I’m planning to (re) release…
In the meantime, you can buy the pdf pattern for the Celtic Cross by clicking here!
The chart for this design costs Â£2.99 which is roughly US$5.
(p.s. please forgive the grainy and somewhat rubbish quality of some of the images in this post ~ I’ve been nagged into completing this post mid-week when I’m not at home in daylight hours…)