It had honestly never occurred to me until now just how many of my designs are circular. Not all of them, of course, but quite a number. I wonder why? While I ponder that, and plod along with Spirograph III, I’ll show you a series of four embroideries I did a few years ago, all of them, you guessed it, circular.
They’re on the theme of the classical four elements: fire, water, earth and air. Two of them, Water and Earth, use traditional Celtic design ideas, while Fire and Air are original contemporary designs, but hopefully with a Celtic feel to them.
The first, and my favourite, is Fire:
This is worked in gold chain stitch for the outline, filled in with split stitch in four colours, shading from a fairly pale yellow to a strong red. It isn’t one continuous line, but four identical looped crosses overlaid at an angle to each other. Where they overlap in the centre, I tried to keep to the strict under-over-under-over of Celtic knotwork. You can see better in a close-up (and with apologies for the more than usually poor photo):
I like this design a lot. I’ve never used it again for anything else, but I think maybe I should.