Great Book of Celtic Patterns
The Ultimate Design Sourcebook for Artists and Crafters
by Lora S. Irish

215 x 280mm

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing, PA, USA


ISBN 1-56523-314-0

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Extract from back cover of book:

Early Celtic art consisted of spiral, maze, and key pattern designs. The first examples of Celtic knot work appeared in the ninth century, with the first Viking invasions of Britain. Around this time Irish monks began work on the Book of Kells, probably the most noted of the illuminated Christian manuscripts (writings embellished with hand-decorated and gold-leafed borders, letters, and illustrations). All but two of the manuscript's 680 pages are richly decorated with pre-Christian Celtic spiral and key pattern art, interlaced Viking animals, and Celtic knot patterns that are twisted or incorporated to become initial letters of sections of the text. These complex designs continued to evolve in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and North England until 1150, when the Viking raids and the Viking influence on Celtic art diminished.

Viking animals are an important part of the Celtic knot work design and deer, wolves, birds, and dragonlike creatures were favorite subjects. Both the Celtic and Viking cultures believed that adorning an object with an animal gave that object the strength or attributes of the animal shown.

Today's Celtic knot is an incorporation of all the cultures that inhabited the British Isles during the eighth through 12th centuries.

About the Author: Lora S. Irish, a nationally-known artist and best-selling author, specializes in creating original designs that capture, in accurate and rich detail, the authenticity and character of popular mystical and natural subjects, including Celtic art, dragons, fairies, green men, wood spirits, flora, and wildlife. Her success as an artist is not only based on the precise illustrations born from extensive research into the origins, history, and physiology of her subjects, but by an ability to render her work with the proper color, I shading, and visual texture that allows an artist to clearly understand the subject and successfully translate the patterns into any medium. As a result, crafters have beautifully rendered her patterns and designs in, among other forms, paint, pyrography, pencil and ink, needlepoint, stained glass, relief carving, engraving, and stamping.

With over 100,000 books in print, Lora's popular portfolio of titles includes Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Great Book of Fairy Patterns, Great Book of Floral Patterns, Great Book of Woodburning, and Great Book of Tattoo Designs.

With an ability to work in many mediums, Lora's credits include limited-edition purebred dog paintings and running an internet carving studio,, where she and her husband, Michael, provide online tutorials, projects and exclusive carving patterns to crafters and artists. She is also a frequent contributor to Wood Carving Illustrated and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts.

Photos: Colour


From the Author/Artist

The Origins of Celtic Knots
An introduction to the history of interlocking and interlacing line designs

Using Celtic knot work in various media

Celtic Line and Knot Patterns
Understanding twists, braids, and knotted lines

Plotting and Graphing Knots
Using graph paper to create and modify knotted lines

Layout Ideas
Creating borders, corners, and multiple interlocking knots

Pattern Changes
Altering designs to work within a specific layout or space

Finials for Interlocking Designs
Using animals, leaves, and scrolls to finish knotted lines

Line Enhancements
Adding accents and interior designs to create more complex, textured patterns

Adding Color
A step-by-step guide to enhancing your work with color

Celtic Knot Patterns
Line Patterns
Corner Patterns
Circles, Squares, and Motifs
Viking Animals
Variations on Line Texture
Religious Symbols

Glossary of Terms