Lavender and Lace Celtic Spring 3: completion of the cross stitch

I’ve been going into overdrive on this ‘Celtic Spring’ design from Lavender and Lace for the past couple of weeks – and this week I’ve reached the point of the completion of the cross stitch (there’s still hours of beading to do, though!).

Lavender and Lace Celtic Spring cross stitch

I can’t seem to capture the correct colour of the fabric in my images – it’s Prairie Grain 28 count linen, and it’s really quite a greenish shade, but it keeps coming out beige in my pictures! But it does make a very good contrast to the purples in the design in real life (I’m using the called for fabric).

Lavender and Lace Celtic Spring cross stitch

For the back half of the skirt, I decided to stitch all the purple first, and then fill in with the gold thread. This took me ages, but was quite therapeutic to do.

Lavender and Lace Celtic Spring cross stitch

Then, with the front half of the skirt, I stitched all the gold thread first, to see if that would make it easier to count out the design. Half way through, I decided that it didn’t help doing it that way, but I was stuck with it by then  😦

Lavender and Lace Celtic Spring cross stitch

But when both halves were stitched, they did look lovely!

Lavender and Lace Celtic Spring cross stitch

I then went back over the design and did the small amount of backstitch – mainly around the face and hands.

Lavender and Lace Celtic Spring cross stitch

Now I’ve just got the beading to do, which should really make this design pop!


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8 thoughts on “Lavender and Lace Celtic Spring 3: completion of the cross stitch”

  1. Your stitching is beautiful. I am stitching the Angel of Christmas (not sure of correct title) but it is stitched with reds and gold. Hopefully seeing how lovely your angel is I should try and get mine finished for next Christmas. Seems a long time ahead but the way the weeks are spinning by, I’d best get it out.

    1. Thank you! I’ve got the Christmas one kitted up and ready, but they do take a significant amount of time to stitch – between 80 and a hundred hours each, I think. The Christmas one was the one I saw first, years ago, and eventually I want to stitch them all.

  2. Hi Janet,

    Really love this design – so pretty and delicate – but I wonder if you could tell me a little about the scroll frame you are working on please? I am looking for a new frame for the future and not sure what to get.



    1. It’s a 14 inch by 24 inch Symphony Frame from Siesta Frames. It’s made by Woodmac Woodcrafts. It has a double dowel at the top, so that you can clamp the top bar if you need to, without crushing your fabric on the second bar down. The dowel that you wrap the fabric around is a split dowel, with a thin stick that you use to hold your fabric in place without having to tack it on. Other rotating frames that are good are here: I love Siesta’s frames – they come in loads of sizes, and they’re fairly cheap, but they last for years. I rest mine on a Stitchmaster Floor Frame (wooden version) which is great, but the wooden version is no longer available. There’s one on Ebay today for £31 (bid) so far, with a lamp and a chartholder, which is really good value – I paid over £70 for mine, with the accessories!

  3. I did “Noel” first, then all four seasons. “Noel” and “Spring” are the prettiest.

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