I'm a huge fan of Celtic designs, but a slacker when it comes to practicing them. This past week I took a few days to brush up on my border skills. As I said to my Facebook buddies when I was throwing a small tantrum over my failed attempts ... "So much math."
But it's good math and great practice, so I thought I'd share a little of what I learned, and jot down all my figures while they're still fresh in me mind. *
Drawing Your Grid
I worked within the standard 5 x 7 inch greeting card format, but I found it was much easier to deal with millimeters, since they translate to a nice little grid.
5 x 7 inches = 127 x 178 mm.
Then I changed my printable area to 117 x 168 mm and left the rest for trim.
I made the measurements 117 and 168 because I could make the grid units 3 mm each. Easy.
Tip: When working so small, it helps to have a clear ruler!
I chose a simple knot. There are tons of designs on the web if you do a quick search for "celtic knots" or "celtic corners." I used a blue watercolor pencil to draw diagonals, then a pink one to draw the actual knot, marking on the grid where each band bent or crossed another band. I used a pen to outline the knot, noting where each band crossed over or under another. Every corner should mirror the one across from it.
But the results were precise and ... pretty!
It's a simple design that I can add to if I want to get fancier. For now I'm so glad the math worked out!
This is not the last you'll see of my Irish!
*Imagine the brogue and forgive me for being a dork (especially if you have a real one). I'm really excited about my trip!