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Traditions Series

The Celtic CrossClick to see the finished cross-stitch

Great Bear Canada's premiere Traditions line includes this easy-to-stitch Celtic Cross. Only three colors are required to create realistic shading. Suitable for needlework too! This full color chart with easy-to-read symbols opens up to an oversized 17½” x 23½” so stitching is a breeze. Includes story about the origins of Celtic design.

Stitched on aida or evenweave; DMC and Anchor codes.

Michelle talks about this pattern
Celtic design is such a contradiction. On one hand it's playful and colourful. On the other, so circumscribed and organized. Perhaps this is why Bob continues to be drawn to designs like those in the Book of Kells. He finds layers of meaning there, and great grace, too. Not to mention, challenging visual puzzles.

The Book of Kells dates from the 9th century, though it's only been in the last 100 years that we've come to see it as an art book as well as a religious book. Those so-called Dark Ages, as we continue to discover, were full of the radiant light of artists and artisans. Sadly, most of their work has been lost to the friction of time.

This pattern is based on a cross in the "Portrait of St. John with the Tools of the Scribe" from the Book of Kells. Just as the intricate details in that manuscript – a 13th-century historian called it "the work, not of men, but of angels" – offer a view of that time, it's nice to think that samplers and cross-stitch give us a small view of a wider world.


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