Celtic Ladies

Project Description

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! 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.

What you will need

  • 32- and 28-ct. linen
  • DMC cotton flosses
  • Mill Hill beads
  • Petite Treasure (metallic) braid

Q&A with PatriciaLove

Lilleylou asked:
Beautiful work!!!
PatriciaLove answered:
Thank you so much--I really enjoy my hobby!
Bettylou asked:
Awesome work.
PatriciaLove answered:
Thanks a bunch--They were so much fun to stitch!
klncrochet asked:
So beautiful. Your stitches gave the pictures depth and movement. Great work, thanks for sharing.
PatriciaLove answered:
Thank you--I am as passionate about taking great pictures of my stitching as I am about my actual stitching!
nordie asked:
well done for completing! I've had the Winter one 2/3rds done and sitting around for several years now. All that beading! Yikes! Anyway, they all look so good....!
PatriciaLove answered:
Thank you--it really was kind of a chore to do them all, and after I did, I gave away everything in my stash that was a series because I never wanted to be in that position again. As for the beading, yes, there sure is a lot of it. And to do it right, you either have to do a cross stitch or a kind of a railroad stitch--both of which are incredibly time-consuming. But oh, the reward when the beading is finished!
dottyeb asked:
Beautiful!!! I have my own SABLE (don't we all). I always have something to do when it is raining outside. lol
PatriciaLove answered:
Thank you! Oh, yes, we do all have sable--and I don't just have cross stitch. I have needlepoint, samplers, beading and crochet projects in my stash all calling to me saying "Do me next!"