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Celtic Angel by Barbara Baatz

Copyright Barbara Baatz, Kooler Design Studio, American School of Needlework, 2001.

Chart: This Barbara Baatz chart is printed on a folded A2 glossy heavy paper sheet. The symbols are clear and very easy to read. The chart is printed in four panels on the inside of the A2 with a two-row overlap on each panel, so the horizontal and vertical fold creases do not run through any of the symbols. Nevertheless, I would still recommend making a working copy of each panel and stitching from that instead of folding the chart for access to each panel.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, Smyrna Cross, Backstitch, French Knot, Couching and Beading.

Materials: DMC stranded cottons, Kreinik blending filament, Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid and Mill Hill Glass beads. Stitched on 28ct “Cream” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Celtic Angel features Barbara’s keen sense of color and elegance of style and line as she captures the grace and loveliness of a young lass playing melodious Celtic music on her harp. You’ll enjoy stitching the wonderful Celtic patterns of her beautifully embellished dress and flowing gown.

Why I was attracted to this design:I have a fondness for designs in ethnic dress and historic clothing styles. This probably stems from my years of research into historical clothing and fabric. Barbara Baatz did a whole series of these Angels, at least a dozen or two.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  At first it was just the usual excuse of too many charts, not enough time :)  But now, to be honest, there are other designers doing similar designs that appeal to me more.  This chart just doesn’t call to me as much as it once did. So once again, free to good home.  Tell me why this chart appeals to you in the comments and I will select from those interested in a week.

Where can you buy it? Barbara Baatz designs or has designed for a range of different corporations, but these Angels were from the Kooler Design studio.  While six have been collected together into one booklet, and at least two are still being sold as individual leaflets, Celtic Angel is unfortunately out of print. If you are interested in this design, comment below or look for it in eBay.

Discussion questions: There seems to be a recurring theme over the years of historical dressed or ethnically dressed people as Angels.  Mar Bek and this series come to most first and foremost, but the various Joan Elliott fairy series are a nod in the same direction.  Why do you think these models are always presented with wings?  Why has no designer simply done a series on ethnic or historic clothing or fashions?  Or has there been and I’ve just forgotten or missed it?  Or would no-one be interested without the religious or fantasy overtones?  I’m curious as to other people’s thoughts on this.  Remember there are no right or wrong answers as we all come at this from different experiences and backgrounds.

Project Status:
1 Apr 2012 – Free to good home