Counted Cross-Stitch—Celtic Cross

August 27, 2008 at 8:25 am | Posted in Embroidery | Leave a comment

I promised to post about my holiday stitching, so here goes: On my first day in Inverness I run across two very nice shops carrying needlepoint kits. Similar to last year, I wanted something fairly typical that could be carried around with no problem. I ended up with a cross-stitch greeting card showing a Celtic Cross:

Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross

The pattern is produced by Textile Heritage, and the kit was nicely prepared with good instructions. There was only one thing I didn’t like in that pattern, and that is the splitting up of single cross-stitches to be worked in different colours at the diagonal lines. Sure, it gives a very neat effect, but in this tiny size it’s a pain to work, and since all of those lines are backstitched over anyway, I don’t think it would have been very visible in the end result if the cross-stitches were worked in one of the two colours meeting there. I still need to mount the embroidery on the card, which is dark green.

All in all, this was an easy and fun holiday project, with the added advantage it weighs almost nothing, which is great when you’re backpacking.


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