Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Celtic Snowflakes













There are some benefits to watching movies on a big screen, with HD and a BluRay player--even more gorgeous pictures! We watched Disney's "Brave" with the boys. And I got a wonderful surprise when the credits rolled--beautiful Celtic knot snowflakes as the background art! They showed up beautifully with the BluRay. I just about swooned, they were so pretty!
(Yes, I'm sure you know by now about my obsession with stars and snowflakes, and Celtic designs. So when you combine all three, I'm in heaven!)

I had sugar-plum visions in my head about those snowflakes as quilting stencils on quilts, and fusible bias-tape quilt blocks for a winter quilt! (This is a technique I want to teach myself this next year.) My husband and I immediately conducted Google image searches for Celtic snowflakes and quilts, and the search pulled up the most beautiful designs. Lots of jewelry, crochet and tatting patterns, ornaments for the tree., some were even stained glass art! I will share some of my favorites.

1--http://www.shopirish.com/Celtic-Snowflake-Ornament. Silver tree ornaments. I love how the centers of the snowflakes are tiny Claddaghs, joined together.

2--http://www.theartfulstencil.com/celtic-snowflake-set.html. My favorite! I just had to purchase this set of stencils! They shipped quickly, are made of Mylar, and the owner is so helpful.

3--http://drsdesigns.com/products/Large-Filigree-Snowflake.html. Very pretty rubber stamps.

4--http://www.aneedlepullingthread.com/pdf_articles/cross-stitch_2010/ANPT-Festive2010_Celtic_Snowflake_Ornament.pdf. Really nice article and picture about a cross-stitch snowflake. I enjoy cross-stitching too!

5--http://deliciousdoodles.blogspot.com
Teri has some beautiful artwork that she sells digital pdf's for. You can print them after paying. She has snowflakes borders, Celtic Christmas trees, whimsical and more traditional art. She's British and seems to have a wonderful sense of humor!
6--Delicious Doodles also sells her designs on Stitchybearstamps.com, which is a seller site for digitized artwork.
http//www.stitchbearstamps.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=13_42&sort=20a&page=12

7-- urban Threads designs digitized machine embroidery for sale with download in a variety of formats for different machine brands i.e Bernina and others.
http://www.urbanthreads.com/products.aspx?productid=UT3954

Oh yes, and these cute paper snowflakes were made by my 3-yr-old and myself this week. I'm quite pleased at how they turned out! He practiced cutting skills, and I practiced designing.

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