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Celtic Knot Cross Stitch & Samplers

Apr 29, 2008
Celtic knots are synonymous for their distinguished intricacy and minute details. Finding the celtic knot pattern that you like the most is easy as there are ones that are simple and easy to create while other's can be with slightly finer details. What makes Celtic knots so famous, graceful looking and revered is because the designs are geometrical in pattern with endless soft curves.

For newbies being introduced to this art it may not be such a passion yet but for craftsmen it's a art form close to their heart, a life time obsession. For starters Celtic knot can take while to get used to, as following the pattern needs care to create the knot beautifully.

That should not deter you to try one today itself. Let us try and learn one knot style that is simple to do. This will encourage you to learn the art and start working yourself and get to feel the lovely patterns that exist.

* The first step is to get a tracing sheet; it shall you with the design patterns. Take a trace sheet and a pointed tip pen. Make a few prominent dots to identify the pattern with one being a normal dot and other being darker.

Draw the entire sheet with an outline. Make a similar line but in the opposite direction. The final sheet should resemble a paper covered with plain dots surrounded by highlighted ones in all four corners and vise-a-versa. If all this looks tedious to start with then graph sheets are available to help get you started.

* Start with marking a portion of the sheet with 5 large dots & 4 tiny ones across. Make the same marks at the end (5 large & 4 small dots) of the sheet so we have a square. Each of the tiny dots will act as the point of intercepting where the two 'ropes' of our knot shall leap over each other. Place a two lined 'x' right over a dot on the sheet. The appearance should be one like of a tipped over tic-tac-toe board.

* Next just keep on drawing the "X" placing every tiny dot up to the border. The "X" mark should not be placed on the tiny dots that you see on your borderline, only mark the dots that are within the border. Also take care the large dots remain unmarked.

The aim is to cover the area of the tiny dots on the tracing sheet. Clearly speaking the bigger the pattern you want bigger the sheet required. You can also make a choose of the thread widths; before you draw the line decide on a thick or thin pattern.

* Once we have each and every one the small dots crisscrossed we shall now merge the knot lines with the sides, top & bottom within the borderline. Find the place where two lines branch away from the design of the knot, slanting into one and another.

Create a binary line curve to join them. The sharpness may vary to suit the kind of design you'd like to create, anywhere from and 90 or 45-degree slant to a slightly less curves and round too. Here you can fulfill your imaginations on the type of curve you would like.

The design you just learnt here was an easy knot design. Surely by now you have built some inclination so go get yourself a Celtic cross stitch knot kit. The kit shall help you make a count of boxes and also help you make knots.
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