The Celtic Swirl is stitched…

Well, somewhat earlier than I’d anticipated – I put the last few stitches in this morning.


Of course the beady eyed amongst you will realise that I’ve cropped and straightened the image – in fact I’ve cut off some fairly important bits!

The wonkiness of this piece is seriously annoying. Does anyone make frames in an almost perfect rhomboid? Well if they do, I am the customer for them.

I’ve asked the other half to pick me up something big enough to stretch it on – this time I might see if miracles are possible – it will have to be something pretty impressive though to overcome the lean (I wonder if I could hang it from the Leaning Tower of Pisa…).

Anyway – the best thing about stitching this piece, has been trying out a variety of knitting wools and discovering that they make excellent needlepoint threads. The silks in particular are a dream to work with – I’m a lady with expensive tastes.

Off for a coffee now. I’m going to be having a diversion to play at couching (thanks to Kat for tickling those particular creative taste buds).

Happy stitching.

8 thoughts on “The Celtic Swirl is stitched…

    1. Thank you! But it is seriously crooked – I’m hoping I can do something with it. I just wanted to tell you that your TUSAL posts have inspired me – I have all sorts of woolly ends when I’m needlepointing – mostly a bit longer than your threads, but still somehow needing recognition and a home. So now I also have a work in progress basket, where I put those bits and occasionally sew them into a canvas as the mood dictates – it’s great fun! When it gets a bit bigger, I’ll show you a picture.

      Best wishes


  1. It looks beautiful and very complex. Though I have never stitched anything so large, I do have trouble with keeping smaller pieces nice and square. The slightly odd shapes add to the quaintness of it all.

    1. It’s a bit of a voyage into the unknown – but I’m getting better at working out what will and what won’t work. The main issue is strength, so anything very hairy and delicate is likely to disintegrate too quickly. However, there are loads of knitting threads that make wonderful tapestry alternatives – so long as you aren’t looking for very hard wearing options.

  2. WOW that’s lovely, I’ll bet it feels delightful too, with all those lovely knitting wools and silks. Good luck with the stretching!! Look forward to seeing some laid work in the new year!!

    1. It does feel gorgeous, that’s one of the things I most love about needlepoint – the way you start with a canvas and end with a cloth. But I have to say, I think couching is going to feature a lot more in the future.

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