This was very much an impulse new start. I didn’t need any new starts by any means, but I had kind of a bad day so I figured why not! I didn’t have to buy anything for it either – I had the perfect little scrap of 18 count oatmeal colored fiddler’s cloth in my stash (one of my favorite staple fabrics).
I was surprised at how teeny tiny this turned out to be! It looked much bigger in the magazine (Just Cross Stitch April 2016). It also stitched up really fast – I finished the whole thing in a marathon of Irish Castles (it’s amazing & on Netflix, watch it!) & one Jurassic Park movie. The design is called “Claddagh Ring” designed by Kathleen Berlew.
For some reason, the hands irk me, so I decided to leave them off. I know they play a part in the significance of the claddagh, but I think it’s just as cute this way!
The Claddagh ring (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty
So I guess mine just represents love and loyalty.
I of course changed the colors up a bit, because I can’t just make things easy for myself –
Old ——— New
370 ——— 370
420 ——— 781
520 ——— 730
580 ——— 580
680 ——— 680
895 ——— 3051
3820 ——— 3820
And I found the perfect frame at Hobby Lobby! I did a lazy frame job of ironing it & lacing it around a piece of poster board with white felt glued on as “batting.”
I originally wanted this to be a St Patrick’s day decoration, but I love it so much I have it sitting on my desk ❤