Flashback Friday – and a new freebie – Celtic Circles

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.

This week we are looking back at the Celtic Circles Collection.

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The Celtic Circles collection is a collection of 16 different circle designs, all in traditional Celtic style, that were created in both trapunto and stem stitch design.

From these designs, my favourites would have to be the stem stitch style. I really love the way that the stem stitches are created, they stitch out quickly, and yet still have a luscious look.  One of my favourite things that I remember when I was creating these designs, was how proud I was of myself for creating the designs without any jump stitches (for me at this time, it was a true skill to have mastered).  For those who love trapunto, we also created the designs in trapunto style, allowing stitchers to create a 3d style project.

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I think these designs are perfect as alternate blocks. Imagine a quick quilt with your favourite fabrics, in dispersed with blocks of these beautiful Celtic circle blocks.  Another great trick with designs such as these is to create them with multi-tonal thread.  The different colours in the thread add another dimension to your embroidery, and really give extra interest.

My favourite creation from this collection was the Leather travel cover. Remembering that this was back in the days before global positioning systems and mobile phones with sat nav, the Melways/UBD cover made of leather really was beautiful.  I had found a stash of really great quality upholstery leather.  None of the pieces were really large, however they were perfect for small projects.  This project was the first time I had tried embroidery on leather, and what I found I needed was a design that wasn’t too dense, but was still strong enough to give the stitched impression.  The stem stitch in these designs really was perfect for this.  On top of that, the cover was glued together with a leather glue, and it really did give a lovely professional look to the project.

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As a stitcher, I am sure that many of you have the same issue as me with finding good designs for guys. I really believe that these designs tick these boxes.  You can see from the images here of the street directory cover that it not only protects the street directory, but all gives an elegant, timeless look.

My father still has this street directory cover, and whilst he has a global positioning system in the car, he still keeps the street directory in the glove box, with it’s cover on, 11 years on.

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Initially we gave one of the gorgeous stem stitch Celtic Circle designs as the free design (still available HERE). As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are offering a second Celtic Circle design as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.

Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

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