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Kats Sidhe by Jen Delyth

Copyright Michelle Sayetta, Artwork Jen Delyth 2007.

Chart: The chart has clear, easy to read symbols.  Some of these are similar, but as this chart is predominantly the one symbol and virtually a monochrome, the symbol similarity is not that much of an issue.  Also unlike most art-to-cross stitch conversions, this twenty-page design has minimal confetti stitching.  The pattern is mainly DMC 310 with the other twelve colours used in a one stitch border around the edge of the Celtic cats and for the cats’ eyes and faces.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only. It is designed to be stitched one-over-one.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton. Stitched on 25ct “White” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Cats were of great significance to the Celtic people. In Scotland the Stewart clan had the cat as a totem animal and this totem covered the confederacy of a number of tribes, clans and families. Kataobh, cat country, now known as Caithness, is named after a Pictish tribe, the Kati cat people. In one of the Irish Otherworld voyages, a little cat is encountered as a guardian of treasure; in maintaining its watch, it turns into a flaming form, and leaping its way through a potential thief, turns him to ashes. The cat is usually a female totem, dating back to ancient Goddess worship. In this design, intertwined triple felines indicate the symbolically significant number three which is most sacred to the Celts. Cats are said to have nine lives – nine is a multiple of three. This design is adapted from a tiny fragment of the Book of Kells.

Why I was attracted to this design: Beautiful black cats. The Celtic triskele. The lovely Black, green and gold combination.  All the things I love. Plus, unlike other gorgeous Jen Delyth designs, this one doesn’t have much confetti stitching. This is one art-to-cross stitch conversion I might actually stitch!

So why haven’t I stitched it? As usual I’ve been dragging my feet with the art-to-xstitch conversions. I’m sure once I start stitching one I wont know what all the fuss was about or why I took so long ….

Where can you buy it? This chart is still available via paper or PDF download from Heaven and Earth Designs for $15.00 (US).

Discussion questions: Do you think I would get good enough coverage for this design (mainly black) using tent stitch or half cross stitch on 28ct?

27 June 2012: Will kit up once I decide on fabric!