How to draw a Celtic knot
Celtic knot letters
Extention of concept to real knots
Things to do
I have written a Kindle book: How to design Celtic Knots - a guide for beginners - Buy UK - USA (or look up Jo Edkins in Amazon)
Celtic knots are patterns representing ropes or threads tied in a knot. They are really mis-named. They appear in Roman mosaics, and were made by Vikings and Saxons as well as Celts.
Many knots are continuous, with no loose ends, and these are also called Gordian knots or Gordic knots. This refers to the myth of the knot of Gordias. It was said that only a future leader of the world could undo it. Alexander the Great cut it in two with his sword, showing that he would conquer the world by force. Another term for Celtic knots is plaitwork, or interlacing patterns.
I recommend the following books:
- Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Painting by Carl Nordenfalk -
- Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World by Katherine M. D. Dunbabin - buy UK or USA
- Design your own Celtic knots using a special technique by cutting paper - very clever!
"Program to assist the creation, design and editing of 'celtic' style braids" - free OpenSource software
Software for creating Celtic knots as a font
Celtic knot typeface - free to download, image, and Celtic knot generator.
Hypknotix - Celtic knots website, software, artwork and resources
You may also be interested in my website
or Greek keys
or any of my other websites.
My name is Jo Edkins - any comments or queries to
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