I find Celtic knots and knotwork attractive and very ‘weaverly’. I think it’s my Irish ancestry bubbling up. I enjoy tying (or at least trying to tie) a simple cord and transform it into a Celtic knot. When I need a Celtic knot “fix”, there are a number of resources available that allow me to basically doodle away in designing Celtic knots. Sometimes they turn into something real . . . like a pendant. Sometimes they are merely a diversion . . . although, time seems to pass quickly. Sometimes I develop ideas for new projects.
Years ago, I was fortunate enough to take a workshop on Celtic line drawing with Cheryl Samuel. In case you may be interested in learning to design your Celtic knots and lines, one of the resources below may be just the thing.
To start, there’s one website offering a number of different resources, so allow me to introduce a few one-by-one
Interactive Celtic Knot Designer – Automatic – http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/knots/mkknot.htm
This resource literally allows you to click your way into designing a Celtic knot. Using your mouse, select the Celtic knot type from the right side. Then, click into the space on the left side and watch your Celtic knot develop. Very easy!
Interactive Celtic Knot Designer – Manual – http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/knots/mkknot2.htm
If you would like to kick your Celtic knot design experience up a level, the same website has a ‘manual’ way to design Celtic knots. In addition to to selecting your style, you also have a set of tools that allow you design corners, edges, and more. This is important since designing the interlacement is one thing . . . designing the edges and corners is another thing altogether.
Another area of the website pumps up the volume, try the Interactive Celtic Knot Designer – Tilted – http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/knots/mkknot3.htm
The Obyx Celtic Knot Generator – http://www.obyx.org/knots.obyx?width=20&height=20&border=8&style=14&tile=0&mirror=3 The Obyx Celtic Knot Generator allows a user to manipulate the parameters of a Celtic knot (e.g., height, width, mirroring, etc.) to see how it impacts the results.
Fly Pig at http://www.flypig.co.uk/?page=celtic offers another method for designing Celtic knots. The one fun feature this resource has is a “Weirdness” component. By increasing or decreasing the “Weirdness” value, the interlacement changes. (Frankly, I think we need more opportunities to adjust the “weirdness” in our lives)
If you prefer a paper and pencil approach to designing, Knotwork has Celtic knotwork tutorials – http://www.aon-celtic.com/cknotwork.html
The Celtic Knot Generator at http://w-shadow.com/celtic-knots/ is another option to indulge yourself in Celtic knot drawing. Again, you can manipulate the parameters and see what happens. Below are images of the default screen and one of a simple knot I made.
Is your mouse not working? Don’t worry! You can make Celtic knots by using your keyboard. Clan Badge offers tutorials in two different ways to draw Celtic Knotwork. – http://www.clanbadge.com/tutorial.htm . . . one of them shows you how to use your keyboard.
Knotter – http://knotter.mattbas.org/Knotter – This takes a little longer to learn, but it’s worth it if you feel up to the challenge.