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Celtic cross stitch Hardcover – January 27, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (January 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895778599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895778598
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Interest in Celtic design as applied to needlework has been increasing, with The Book of Kells and other manuscript treasures proving to be rich sources of design ideas. Designer Vickery has made good use of these sources for his own beautifully striking designs. The major part of his book consists of border designs and a fantastic original alphabet. Also included are several pictorial designs in sampler style. Lawther's (Christmas Craft Sourcebook, LJ 8/95) designs are adaptations of Celtic sources, particularly as they apply to knotwork and alphabets. Lawther also includes general instructions for working cross-stitch. Many of her projects very effectively use lines of black cross-stich for outline and separation, providing an alternative to the backstitch outlines frequently found in modern cross-stitch. Both books have step-by-step projects with full-color charts. In both books, a very effective use of vibrant color contrasts with the more subdued designs found in Angela Wainwright's Celtic Cross Stitch Samplers (Cassell/Sterling, 1995), which uses many of the same sources. Needleworkers will find these books inspiring sources of patterns for clothing and accessories as well as household items.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Carole L. Lee
The beginning of the book has a short section on how to instructions that could help the novice cross-stitcher.
Mary Chrapliwy
This is a grand book for lovers of Celtic knotwork.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By herself@net-link.net on February 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a grand book for lovers of Celtic knotwork. It is full of great patterns. The charts are in color, large and easy to read and the book is full of ideas for creating modern adaptations of a marvelous old artform.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Cobcroft on November 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Celtic cross stitch is a great investment for knotwork enthusiasts. The projects, which include a floor rug, cushion, and various small items, are quite adaptable. Most designs are based on original pictures in illuminated manuscripts, and are shown in full colour.
One of the particularly nice things in this book is a design library, which contains lots of interesting knots to mix and match, and some very good alphabets.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary Chrapliwy VINE VOICE on August 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is worth the cover price for the lettering patterns alone!
I anxiously awaited delivery of this book. So many books are full of designs you'll never use. This book is a wonderful exception. The beginning of the book has a short section on how to instructions that could help the novice cross-stitcher. Then the remainder of the book is devoted to classic Celtic designs and a wonderful array of projects that range from the simple Celtic cross book mark (a nice quick project) to a Celtic designed rug.
Best features of all -- 6 different alphabet designs and a pattern library in the back to fuel your stitching creativity even further. This is a great addition to any stitcher's library and especially those who love Celtic design!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annette C. Nelson on March 10, 2002
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Much better than the other Celtic cross-stitch I've looked through. Good library of designs - all the clasic knots and animals - and perhaps most important for beginners (and the lazier among us): No half-stitches!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I own far too many of these books. Each one I buy gives me new projects to explore, new possibilities for colour combinations and wonderful gift ideas.

This book is no exception. The basics are all here: an innovative stitcher might want to experiment a little with the use of metallics or beads while a new stitcher can learn to master his or her technique.

The projects are keyed to both Anchor and DMC - which is great for those of us who use either.

Recommended for those who, like me, think that there is always room for one more stitching book on the shelf.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Nordyke on December 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The designs included are a little simplistic, with little or no shading and relatively little detail. NEVERTHELESS they are well charted, well organized, and treated as "motifs" rather than projects (though some project ideas are included) so that you can use them for a variety of purposes. The nice thing, however, about not using 50 colors for one design is that you can easily adapt the color scheme to suit your needs.

I'm not entirely familiar with traditional Celtic art, mostly just modern interpretations. This book is pretty much what I expected to see, so I don't know if it's historically accurate or any of that. All I know is that I'm satisfied with the design and contents, and I suppose that's all I can say!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Goldman on March 3, 2005
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This book is a must have for anyone interested in Celtic Art. I can't wait to get started on the designs. This book has clear detailed instructions that can be altered with little to no problem it seems. The designs range from simple quick projects to more advanced longer projects which would make it an excellent purchase for those just getting into cross stitching.
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