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Celtic Cross Stitch Designs [Paperback]

Carol Phillipson
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17 Feb 2000
A celebration of the rich colours and textures of the ancient Celts, translated into a range of projects and ideas for embroidery. The author has used over 100 traditional Celtic themes, including knots and spirals, plaits and braids, animal and plant forms, artefacts and lettering, to make up a series of household items. Her instructions and charts simplify the translation of Celtic designs into counted cross stitch patterns. Projects include: coasters and paperweights; cards; sewing accessories; bell pulls; a desk set; pictures; towels with a border trim; cushions; an heirloom rug; a footstool; tableware; and a classic illuminated Celtic alphabet.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd (17 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861081448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861081445
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Carol Phillipson's Celtic Cross Stitch Designs has many good quality simple designs that would be good for a someone new to cross stitching with interests in Celtic art. There are no complicated patterns that might be of more interest to a more experienced stitcher, but the instructions are clear, and there are some good projects listed, in particular the Rug of Knots and the Lid for a Crystal Jar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but versitile 21 July 2010
By emimar
I have to disagree with the previous reveiwer - there are some intricate designs in the book, but without being too complicated. The only issues I have with the book is that it's not layed out very good - some of the larger designs could have been enlarged as the patterns are difficult to follow because the charts are too small and less space could have been used to list the keys for threads, there could also been less space taken up by photographs of the finish projects, espeaically of the knotwork designs. There could also have been a more extensive thread conversion chart at the end of the book - I use DMC for most of my work, rather than Anchor - one of the main reasons for this is that about ten years ago, Anchor was bought by another company and virtually all the thread numbers were changed - with older books those new to cross stitching need to be aware that the numbers listed in the keys with Anchor threads that the colours the numbers have now will not be the same as it was when the book was published. However, the designs in the book are versitile and you can probably find close matches to the original colours or you could perhaps use your own colour scheme. The smaller designs in the book can also be adapted to your own designs, which is one of the great things about designs which are simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 26 July 2014
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Excellent book with great designs
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful collection of celtic treasures 3 April 2001
By P. Kelley Strang - Published on
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and imaginative cross-stitch designs 27 May 2005
By Petra - Published on
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful project book 1 Mar 2007
By Dina - Published on
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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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book also for beginners 11 May 2005
By Steph - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful source of celtic designs 8 Jan 2007
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on
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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