Finished: Beltane

Close overhead view of a wooden embroidery hoop with white fabric. On the fabric is embroidered a mandala inspired design in pink, yellow and green colours.

I’m happy to finally have finished the Beltane motif in this year’s Wheel of The Year embroidery. It took a bit longer than I had hoped, but my right thumb is playing up and I have to take it easy with embroidery. Instead I have been making some mini quilts. But that’s for another post. Back to Beltane! :-)

I am very happy with how it turned out. Some nice textures. I especially like how the circles filled with chain stitch look a bit like tiny roses.

Overhead view of a wooden embroidery hoop with white fabric. On the fabric is embroidered three mandala inspired designs, one mainly in pink colours, the other two in green colours.

Here is Beltane with Imbolc and Spring Equinox. I am very, very happy with how they are looking together. Until I stitch them, I can only imagine how they are going to look. Individually and together. It is very exciting to see it develop. A bit like developing a paper photograph, except that this ‘image’ will take almost a year to develop… :-)

If you want to make your only Wheel of The Year embroidery, join the stitchalong here. With each motif I also share a video with tips and tutorials for some of the stitches.

Close view of hawthorn branch full of tiny white blossoms.

From my morning walk with Blake. The hawthorn blossoms are turning pink. It is very beautiful. But sad too because it means that the hawthorn blossoms are almost finished. It was a bit windy this morning and standing under the hawthorn trees there was a flurry of blossoms, with a few drifts forming against clumps of grass. Quite magical in the morning sun with birds singing… :-)



  1. Barbara H.
    June 6, 2023 / 2:05 am

    Congratulations on completing this. It must be very rewarding to see a year-long project wrapped up – I might have to try one sometime.

    • Carina
      June 7, 2023 / 7:51 am

      Thank you, Barbara! :-)
      Although, the project is nowhere near finished yet, still going until the end of October! :-D

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