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Scottish Crafts - Celtic Crafts

Why do we craft? Wow, there are so many great reasons. We want our children and grandchildren to have items made with our own hands and filled with our hearts - items that can be passed down through the generations. We want our homes to reflect warmth and love. We share an innate yearning to create beauty and to express our own uniqueness and artistic vision. And it's fun!

When we craft items reflecting our Scottish heritage, we connect with this timeless longing for beauty and family continuity. As our Scottish ancestry incorporates a strong connection to the long line of Celtic tradition, it's natural we would seek to draw on the incomparable beauty of Celtic symbols and knotwork designs.

I've tried to find some of the best books for a variety of Scottish crafts and Celtic themed crafts - quilting, needlework designs and cross stitch, knitting, and more.

Celtic calligraphy and knotwork instruction books have their own page (stencils, stickers, clipart and coloring books are still here) - click here for Celtic Knotwork and Calligraphy.

Scottish and Celtic Craft Books:

Celtic Cross Stitch: 30 Alphabet, Animal and Knotwork Projects
Celtic Cross Stitch: 30 Alphabet, Animal and Knotwork Projects

This one looks to be a real winner - great Celtic craft projects, many based on original illuminated manuscripts

Celtic Cross Stitch Designs
Celtic Cross Stitch Designs

Wow - 100 celtic cross stitch designs - knotwork, animals, alphabet - everything you'd want

Celtic Quilts: A New Look for Ancient Designs
Celtic Quilts : A New Look for Ancient Designs

Highly rated for clarity of instructions and detailed list of supplies needed - beautiful Celtic quilts

Celtic Quilting
Celtic Quilting

Wide variety of Celtic quilt projects. To a non-quilter, it looks to be beyond beginner level.

Celtic Charted Designs
Celtic Charted Designs (Dover Needlework Series)

One of Dover's great bargains - over 300 Celtic designs for the experienced crafter (no projects, no colors)

Celtic Stencil Designs
Celtic Stencil Designs (Pictorial Archive)

A nice selection of celtic stencil designs. You have to copy the designs before using them.

159 Celtic Designs
159 Celtic Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)

I would assume the pictures are small, because though the reviews were good, people seem to use these for clipart mostly.

Celtic Animals: Iron-On Transfer Patterns
Celtic Animals : Iron-On Transfer Patterns

65 wonderful celtic animal patterns for a very reasonable price. Such a deal!

Celtic Motifs: 24 Black and White Stickers
Celtic Motifs : 24 Black-And-White Stickers

Celtic stickers for a variety of projects

Celtic Animals Coloring Book
Celtic Animals Coloring Book

My sister colors as her "relaxation therapy", using markers instead of crayons. This is a gorgeous celtic animals coloring book.

Celtic Design Coloring Book
Celtic Design Coloring Book

Another great Celtic coloring book for teens and adults.

The Art of Fair Isle Knitting: History, Technique, Color and Pattern
The Art of Fair Isle Knitting : History, Technique, Color and Pattern

The author spent a great deal of time in the Shetlands researching fair isle knitting for this book. Five stars.

Aran and Fair Isle Knitting: Patterns, Techniques and Stitches
Aran and Fair Isle Knitting: Patterns, Techniques and Stitches

A great two-in-one deal here - both types of knitting originated in the Scottish isles, though most think of Aran as Irish.

220 Aran Stitches and Patterns
220 Aran Stitches and Patterns - Volume 5 (Harmony Guides)

Aran knitting is what we commonly think of as "fisherman's sweaters". Wonderful!

Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified
Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified

Lots of 5-star reviews for this fair isle knitting book - the authors have made it possible for everyone to knit fair isle sweaters
(and who wouldn't want one!)

Arans and Celtics : The Best
Arans & Celtics: The Best of Knitter's Magazine

Compilation of the best Aran and Celtic knitting projects from the past 18 years of Knitter's magazine. Projects for women's, men's, children's, and unisex sizing and styles are included.

Great Book of Celtic Patterns: The Ultimate Design Sourcebook for Artists and Crafters
Great Book of Celtic Patterns: The Ultimate Design Sourcebook for Artists and Crafters

By Lora S. Irish
Learn to create and plot your own Celtic knots and designs, step-by-step, useful for all sorts of crafting

Scottish Highland Knits
Scottish Highland Knits

By Sarah Dallas, Wendy Baker, Catherine Tough
Fair isle knitting patterns with the Highland heather colors and warmth