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Monday, 3 October 2011

Celtic chessboard - finished!

There isn`t much to add to the title - especially, since I very unprofessionally forgot to document exactly when I started to stitch this, so I have no idea how long it took: I`d say roughly 3 weeks but I really don`t know... According to the magazine, it`s a 100-hour project, so let`s go by their calculations.

Cross Stitcher Issue 152 (October 2004)


The main thing is that it`s done, framed and dusted, and - not because I made it but simply thanks to the design - it`s STUNNING! For the first (well, umpteenth...) time in my life I sooooo wish I knew how to play chess!!!

10 comments:

  1. Well done Laura, thats some achievement. Dont forget to bring it down to Stitches.xx

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  2. Its been a while since you stitched this, but I saw it online. Had to come here and tell you how beautiful you stitched this. I have the black outline done. lol Long way to go, but thanks for the motivation!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Anne, your message has made my day! Yes, it`s been a while: since then I changed the frame and put the stitching in a darkish brown one, then sold it on Etsy and posted it from Scotland to New York, from where it travelled on, I think, to Turkey... what a colourful life for a colourful stitch, isn`t it? I hope you`ll enjoy every stitch just like I did while I was working on it! :)

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  3. wow!it's beautiful........i have also started 2 make one 4 myself........let's hope it comes out as good as yours.....really-hoping 4 2 much.......

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  4. Thanks, Binny, and good luck with yours, I`m sure you`ll succeed :)

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  5. hello this looks great and exactly what I was looking for, can you tell me which magazine it was in?

    thank you

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    1. Phew, panic set in for a second, I quite forgot as it was so long ago - but luckily, I wrote it in the caption under the first pic, so it`s from issue 152 of Cross Stitcher :)

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  6. Hi there, yes I saw the magazine details in the caption, and then proceeded to try and track it down but as you said, it was so long ago, and the magazine doesn't seem to be available any more. I guess I could probably make up something similar but less involved. I have a chess set I bought in the Hebrides that really deserves a special board

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  7. If you`re in the UK, there are a couple of issues up for sale on Ebay just now. But you could easily adapt another design - depending on the size of your chess pieces, you might need to modify this one a bit too, anyway: I remember the squares were quite small, only about 2x2 cm, so I had to use the plastic pieces from the 100 Games box for the photos. But it`s easy to enlarge the design if you use a lower count fabric instead of 14HPI. :)

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  8. Yes I am in the UK, I'll take another look on ebay. Oh really, that small? It looks huge in the photo lol. 2cm would actually be too small, these are large chess pieces, so I would probably have to adapt it anyway or change the fabric as you suggest. Thanks again!

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