Celtic cross stitch: MacRegol Medallion

This was definitely the most complex of this series of designs, and may be one of the most complex designs I’ve ever done. That backstitching was murder.

With flash:
macregol medallion flash

Without flash:
macregol medallion no flash

macregol medallion close up

macregol medallion macro

5th Celtic cross stitch: mini cross

mini celtic cross

This is a small design, about 3×4 inches. I’m thinking this will make a good crest, if I can find a blazer. Like a private school jacket.

3rd in the cross stitch Celtic cross series: knots cross

knots cross flash

This one took a while because I went through a period of a couple of months where I didn’t want to work on it. I got kind of bogged down in the center, it was all shades of the same color and the backstitching was really confusing–it makes sense when you pull back and look at the whole design, but when you’re working on one tiny fraction of it inches from your nose, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. So I really needed to take a break from it for a while. Once I was done with that part, the rest was relatively easy.

knots cross no flash

This is a photo I took without the flash, so it’s blurry but the colors are truer to reality. I really like the alternating color scheme in this design.

The next cross is the Iona Cross, which has some fussy elements–French knots, single stitches that need to be individually backstitched, some blackwork design–but doesn’t look difficult.

Celtic cross stitch #2: Tara Cross

PICT0521, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

PICT0524, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

cross stitch: darrow medallion

darrow medallion, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

This is the first design I’ve completed from the House of White Birches cross stitch pattern book Celtic Crosses, and I think it came out super cool, so I’m going to do all of the designs. I don’t know what I’ll do with them (I think it’s boring to just put a frame around needlework and stick it on the wall), but I’ll figure something out.

Originally I thought of getting a blazer and making this a crest, like a private school jacket, but it’s just a little too big for that. However, there are a couple of small designs in the book that will work just fine, whenever I get to them.

This is some of the most complex backstitching I’ve ever seen, so I decided to do it as I went–cross stitch patterns are divided into a grid of 10 x 10 stitches, and you’re meant to do one square at a time, or you’ll very easily lose your place. Normally I do all the main stitching, then go over it with the backstitching afterward, but this time I did the backstitching for each square before I moved onto the next one. It seemed easier, and I think that was the right decision.

darrow medallion close up, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.