Photo of RandieJG

Colin's Celtic Key Tile

from Elves at Work
(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Colin's Celtic Key Tile
Colin's Celtic Key Tile Colin's Key Tile

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Simple backstitch (Blackwork) stitching on counted thread fabric (Aida cloth or evenweave fabric).

Pattern Description:

Blackwork or Backstitch designs work up so quickly, because only one color of embroidery floss is used, so there are no confusing chart symbols to keep track of, and a minimum of supplies are necessary to complete your project.

These Celtic designs will impress your friends with your stitching skill. They look complex, but are so easy to stitch, as you only need to know the simple backstitch to complete each design.

Work like a pro. Mark the center of your fabric, and work your design from the center out. This will make keeping track of your place on the chart much easier, and ensure that your design will always be perfectly centered on your fabric.

These projects also travel well, as only a few supplies are needed, all of which are readily available in any craft or hobby store.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished size of design is approximately 7x7".


  • 12x12" 14-count Aida or 28-count Evenweave fabric and approximately 6 skeins of black embroidery floss.

You Will Also Need:

  • Embroidery needle, scissors, and hoop or stretcher frame.
pdf Digital Download


Hand Embroidery
Need help? Visit our Help Center »

Have you made this pattern?

Share with the Craftsy community.

About the designer

When I was about five, my grandmother pinned the edge of a dishtowel to my skirt to hold it taut while I embroidered my initials. When I finished stitching, I discovered I'd stitched the towel to my ...

Read More »
View all patterns by designer (51) »