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Celtic Christmas

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Category Embroidery
Type Home Decor
Style Romantic
PatriciaLove on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? 32- and 28-ct. linen, DMC cotton flosses, Mill Hill beads, Petite Treasure (metallic) braid

PatriciaLove on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? Finishing all four seasons plus Celtic Christmas. Like most stitchers, my stash is ... SABLE (stash acquired beyond life expectancy). After I did the first two, it took every ounce of willpower I had to move on to the third one and not go to one of my other beautiful patterns--but I did it!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? (1) Find a good tutorial on counted cross stitch, working with metallics and working with beads--these patterns are not meant for beginners and there are no instructions on how to work the stitches. (2) Check your fabric count--I accidentally picked up one piece of 28-count and one piece of 32-count linen, so my ladies are different sizes! (3) If you are want to frame them all the same, consider having your framer order enough frame when you finish the first one. It keeps you motivated to finish the others, and it ensures that if the frame is discontinued, you'll have enough.

PatriciaLove on craftsy.com

If there is no pattern for the project, and no instruction, then there is a charge for the class. I am an expert embroider, machine and by hand. but still I need the pattern and instructions to follow. Please explain

11/12/2013 Flag

There *are* patterns for these ladies. They are called "Celtic Christmas," "Celtic Spring," "Celtic Summer," "Celtic Autumn," and "Celtic Winter," and they were designed by Lavender and Lace. If you have a local needlework shop, it may carry these designs. If not, it (or you) can certainly order them from an online shop like Nordic Needle. That said, what you get is *only* the pattern. You don't get instructions on how to actually do cross stitch. So if you don't know how to do cross stitch, you'll want to find a book, magazine, online video or class to teach you how to do that (cross stitch is easy peasy, but like anything, there are tips to getting started). Let me know if you can't find any "getting started" resources, and I'll see what I can dig up for you!

11/17/2013 Flag

so very pretty and so much detail just love the dresses amazing work

01/30/2014 Flag

Thank you! I love the detail and the dresses too. :-)

02/02/2014 Flag

Thank you! I love the detail and the dresses too. :-)

02/02/2014 Flag

I am impressed with your work

02/04/2014 Flag

Thank you! I *love* doing it!

02/09/2014 Flag

Beautiful job. The ladies are wonderful.

03/17/2014 Flag

Thank you! I am working on a really L-O-N-G project right now--as these were--and your comment reminds me that the ends justify the tedium. ;-)

03/23/2014 Flag