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As summer is now over and the autumn rains arrive here in the Southern Hemisphere, a member of the local Melbourne Madness Stitching group chose Celtic Winter Cross by Robin MacGrogan of NVP Design as today’s review.
From the Designer
The ringed cross motif is shared by Celtic nations and so is called the “Celtic cross”. The cross has been around for many centuries. It has come to have a multitude of different meanings ascribed to it.
One interpretation is that the horizontal arms represent the physical world, while the vertical arms are for the spiritual. When they meet in the centre a balance is achieved creating a sense of wholeness. Hence the circle, which is a symbol for oneness or being “complete”.
There are many interpretations and legends about the original meaning of the Celtic cross. In our modern multicultural world, the ringed cross is as much a symbol of ethnic heritage as it is of faith. It is often used as an emblem of ones Irish, Scottish or Welsh identity.
Why this chart?
I love the colours used in Celtic Winter Cross – the dark turquoise and blue-green shades paired against the Ecru and the sage green of the fabric.
I don’t have any particular faith or Celtic ancestry (possibly some way waaaaay back). I really do just like the aesthetic of this design.
Celtic Winter Cross is composed of whole cross stitch only. It is the changing shades of colours that lend depth and the illusion of complexity to this design. I recommend this chart for any level of stitcher who falls in love with the design.
NVP Designs are available as charts or kits. I have the chart of Celtic Winter Cross.
The front and back covers are printed on White US Letter paper. The chart is printed on elongated paper (possibly foolscap). The chart is printed in two parts with a five-row shaded overlap on the second part.
The chart symbols are printed in shades of teal on the white paper. the symbols are printed lighter for the lighter shades. I presume the odd paper size and the coloured symbols are anti-piracy measures. For the average stitcher this means that you will have a difficult time making a working copy if you like to mark off your progress. thankfully the symbols are large enough to see and stitch easily without needing to make a working copy.
The chart pack also includes a page of general stitching information for those new to counted cross stitch.
The back page of the chart pack has the floss list in DMC, with a partial conversion to Anchor and JP Coates.
Celtic Winter Cross looks to be a very easy design to stitch; it is a shame that design theft makes these charts a bit difficult for the average stitcher.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein DMC 422 Hazelnut Brown light
1 skein DMC 502 Blue Green
1 skein DMC 3808 Turquoise Ultra Very Dark
1 skein DMC 3809 Turquoise Very Dark
1 skein DMC 3810 Turquoise Dark
1 skein DMC 3813 Blue Green Light
4 skeins DMC Ecru
28 count Wichelt “Bay Leaf” Jobelan (stitch count 150 x 150). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 17” x 17″ or 43 x 43cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch this design using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Floss: $ 4.50
Total: $28.30 ($46.60 AUD or $38.60 CAD or €30.35 or £24.05)
Places to Buy
Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Caitlin recommends Emerald city or Golddigger old map style.
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of floss and fabrics to suit your taste.
Casa Cenina in Italy stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
SewandSo has a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.
Chromatic Alchemy “I have chosen to show the gorgeous Celtic winter cross on Sayge. I believe this colour complements the greens and contrasts with the creams in the design beautifully.”
Crafty Kitten has a variety of fabrics and the threads to stitch this project.
Sparklies “For something dramatic I’ve chosen Winter Skies, for something wintry but more subtle there’s Snowy Skies.”
Thread Pickerz Silkz Eileen has been updating the Thread Pickerz Silkz website. She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back into the collection.
For readers of this site, she offers an extra 10% discount if you use the code: Xstitchreview
123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has floss and fabric in stock to make this a project to remember.
Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review. Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.
Stitches n Things in Missouri has the DMC in stock and a range of fabrics for your unique style.
Fiberlicious “I think it would look great with Fall storm and Shades of Blue or Mermaids of Atlantis”
Under the Sea Fabrics “for the cross I recommend Witching Hour”.
Do you like this design? How would YOU stitch it?
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Last Updated: 23 March 2015