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Old 08-06-2010, 12:10 PM
tsterling tsterling is offline
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Default Re: Part 1: Celtic Line Drawing for Engravers

Celtic Plaitwork
Simplified Instructions

This animated GIF is what this tutorial is all about, in a nutshell. A simple set of procedures and rules produce a very complicated and fully interwoven Celtic weave pattern. From this simple beginning, an entire world of engraving possibilities opens up.

Credits: This weaving method originally adapted, developed and extended by Cheryl Samuel. You can see her Web site at http:/, as well as order her more advanced Celtic Line Drawing books - which I highly recommend. This version written and illustrated by Tom Sterling (©Copyright 2010 Tom Sterling).

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These are the only rules to remember in the Cheryl Samuel method of “weaving” Celtic plaitwork:

Weaves never touch corner circles, nor do they touch the bottom or top row of circles.

We’re going to call these the “Sacred Circles.”

Start by laying out a grid with small circles for corners. The grid I’ve chosen here is a 4 by 3 grid (that’s four squares across by 3 squares tall).

You can use graph paper or a constructed grid if you like, but I find the hand-drawn ones the most pleasing. Be sure and use a pencil for the first parts of the process, and mark lightly on the paper. We’ll be erasing those marks later before we finish the plaitwork.
Tom Sterling
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