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Celtic Counted Cross Stitch - Basic Medieval Embrodery Samplers And Designs

Mar 27, 2008
Celtic cross stitch has a branch referred as Celtic counted cross stitch and this name is derived because of its unique method of sewing. Cross stitch is an effortless method to discover modus operandi. This method needs a specific fabric stitch and the material used should have identical shaped pores which shall allow the cross to be stitched in.

The primary reason of such name is that while making an embroidery the boxed are counted or numbered hence the name. Celtic counted cross stitch must have few scrupulous provisions. Let me tell you that these materials are famous and therefore easily found. For those who are still new this embroidery I would love to tell you where you could find the same.


The material used should have a running pattern of the shape of a box/square that is countable. The celtic design pattern which is in square shape will have to be traced on to the fabric thus giving us a cross stitch fabric embedded with squares. The count of the boxes should be no more than 2.5cms per count. To illustrate better, when the fabric item number is 15 it states that the fabric consists of 15 squares/boxes in both vertical and horizontal directions. Here below are a few fine points of our material:


Aida giver beginners the perfect start. This fabric is freely obtainable, as it has been used over a lengthy period of time. The fabric is an average cotton cloth, which can be found in a mixture of colors and then you can dye it into multiple shades too. The Aida fabric is offered in 8, 11, 14, 16 and 18 slabs to 2.5cm (1inch). The pores are very much noticeable so all age groups can easily learn to make one.


Another excellent choice of fabric is that of Linen when used with cross stitch embroideries. Linen has excellent variations in color and material. Linen is a touch more costly as compared to Aida but then the fabric effectively gives a real classy touch to the embroidery. There are 28 to 32 boxes/holes at every 2.5cms interval.

Note that linen by character has indiscretion, at any point to not get puzzled it would be advisable 2 threads are inserted to transcend at the junctures. As a matter of fact linen is simple when stitches such as quarter and 3 quarter stitches are implied. Cashel, Linda, Belfast and Jobelan are some fine examples of linen variety.


The simplicity of celtic cross stitch can be gauged by the fact that any type of thread may be used for embroidery. It will be quite a task for me to tell about all the various thread varieties but let me have the chance to enlighten about the ones that are widely used and hence comfortably available as well.


Cotton threads are the basic cotton threads, which is found as a 6 strand mercerized cotton. Anchor, Madeira and DMC brands produce this thread. The collection of threads out number most varieties and colors. You have the choice of Perle cotton and soft DMC cotton too.


Threads of silk make are there too. Color is not a problem and the sheen them is ever lasting and the range never ending. Silk is like classy taste, fine in nature giving your product royal looks but difficult to maintain as they get easily tangled into one another


Best results when applied for tapestries. Curled authentic wool is needed for it.


Anchor, Kreinik and DMC are the universal merchants of these threads. The thickness is variable to suit your personal likings while colors and textures are awesome. When used with multiple thread combinations the outcome is fabulous.


What is required is a blunted embroidery needle with size of 24 or 26. The use of a gold or nickel-plated is permissible and least to say that you scissors need to be fine tipped to slash the thread.

Well I think that by now you enough knowledge to go and find the required supplies from your nearest store and get involved in this type of cross stitch. Wishing you a pleasant experience.
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