It is Christmas time for cross stitchers. And Christmas is Easter time for cross stitchers. And Easter is Halloween. The birth of a baby is time to stitch it’s wedding sampler. Well, almost. But we have to be thinking ahead. So I have released snowflakes in October so they will be ready for the tree in December.
The first thing you will be asking yourself, if you cut out paper snowflakes at school to tape to the windows in first grade is “Hey, doesn’t she know that snowflakes are six sided?” I do. But, always looking to feel in good company with my imperfection, I learned that less than .1% of snowflakes actually have perfect symmetry. I have joined mother nature in creating imperfect snowflakes. So, I have used artistic license and made two of them with eight sides.
Artistic license means that if you are an artist you can make anything you want, any way you want and then name it what you want. It’s a pretty cool perk of the profession. Imagine if a plastic surgeon, orthodontist or the person who paints the lines down the middle of the road did that! The limits are when you try to produce an “artistic license” when you are pulled over by a cop.
As with the other Celtic designs, I stitched these on 14 count aida. I also stitched one using stitching and Mill Hill beads on perforated paper. Directions for both are in the chart. They can also be stitched on 28 or 30 count linen and made into jewelry.
I made one of the snowflakes mint green because I dreamed about a mint green snowflake. Unfortunately, my dream didn’t stay still long enough to get the shape exactly, but this is close. Mint green reminds me of wintergreen and wintergreen reminds me of snow. The sunset snowflake is what I imagine a snowflake to look like if it were to fall while reflecting a sunset. And the Celtic flake has a ribbon woven around it. Ribbons are a weakness of mine. I try to use them everywhere I can get away with it. Living in a male world has severely limited my ribbon mania, as even twine is too “girly” for them.
Use your artistic license and try changing the colors you use. Or eliminate the blue background and stitch them on red or green aida. I will. I’ll show you when I’m finished with them.