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Celtic Cross Stitch Designs [Paperback]

Carol Phillipson
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Dec 31 2000
With more than 100 traditional Celtic themes—knots, spirals, braids, animals, plants, artifacts, and lettering—plus projects for a series of attractive household items, this manual is an embroiderer’s delight. Making this celebration of color, texture, and needlework easy to utilize are wonderfully helpful charts, technical advice, and photographs. Embroider a cushion with four knotwork variations; a “Stanwick Man,” taken from a bronze horse-head mount found in Yorkshire; towels; cards; and more.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful collection of celtic treasures April 3 2001
Format:Paperback
Carol Phillipson has put together a wonderful book full of craft ideas. Her patterns are based on many different examples of Celtic art. While you will find knotwork and other borders here, you'll also find animal forms, an illuminated alphabet and various unexpected designs taken from jewelry, manuscripts and stonework. Phillipson includes several ideas for the use of each pattern, as well as giving the reader an idea where the pattern came from. All in all, a delightful, as well as useful, book for any stitcher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful collection of celtic treasures April 3 2001
By P. Kelley Strang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Carol Phillipson has put together a wonderful book full of craft ideas. Her patterns are based on many different examples of Celtic art. While you will find knotwork and other borders here, you'll also find animal forms, an illuminated alphabet and various unexpected designs taken from jewelry, manuscripts and stonework. Phillipson includes several ideas for the use of each pattern, as well as giving the reader an idea where the pattern came from. All in all, a delightful, as well as useful, book for any stitcher.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and imaginative cross-stitch designs May 27 2005
By Petra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
To me, this book came as an esthetic relief. Tired of flowers, I was thrilled to discover elegant minimalism of this book. All designs are tastefull and come accompanied with a discription of where the design came from - helmets, scabbards,torques. It includes apstract borders and small images for stitching where you please, along with several more complicated images of celtic animals, human faces and such, that look marvellous when framed. Recommended for beginners (charts are in color and easy to read) and for more experienced stitchers because this collection is far from dull.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful project book March 1 2007
By Dina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I received this book as a birthday gift along with Celtic Art In Cross Stitch by Barbara Hammet. Although both are good, I can tell already that this one is going to be the source of many more projects. There are nearly 70 designs in this book, most very adaptable to a variety of uses. Phillipson provides a refreshingly wide variety of designs, not just a few variations on a few primary themes, plus a wide variety of ideas for utilizing them -- and they're all stunningly beautiful and well-done. There's a wide range of color variations between projects, and the colors chosen for individual projects are very appropriate, both historically and aesthetically, for their motifs. She also provides plenty of detailed tips and interesting background information on where the designs originated. All in all, this is an excellent book, and I'm definitely going to get a great deal of use out of it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book also for beginners May 11 2005
By Steph - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've received this book from Amazon only a few days ago but I am already copying one of the projects.

I find this book to be very useful and interesting: the patterns are original, not repetitive and they are fully explained. Each of them comes with explanation about what kind of colour to use (a useful conversion table among different brands of cotton is printed at the end of the book), how many stitches it is in width and length, the overall dimension and a lot of useful information to start your project immediately and correctly.

Quick information about how to x stitch is provided at the beginning of the book so, in my opinion, it is a good deal also for total beginners.

I am very glad of my choice and I think I will copy a lot of patterns from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful source of celtic designs Jan. 7 2007
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a book for both the cross stitch beginner as well as more experienced stitchers looking for inspiration. There is a lovely mix of simple motifs, as well as more challenging pieces inspired by the Book of Kells.

The book is a delight to leaf through, and many of the designs (especially the knotwork) lend themselves to other projects. For example: I've worked a number of the knots (in silk on linen) as bookmarks for gifts.

Highly recommended.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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