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Great Book of Celtic Patterns: The Ultimate Design Sourcebook for Artists and Crafters Paperback – May 1, 2007

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Whether you are a designer, a craftsperson, or an artist, the Great Book of Celtic Patterns will offer you not only a historical overview of the origins of Celtic art but also a vast choice of designs from which you may create your own work.

"This beautifully presented guide explores and explains the full spectrum of Celtic art during a critical period in its development. The in-depth instructions, suggestions, and demonstrations will make this an invaluable companion for artists wanting to master these intricate and timeless designs for their own work. But the wide appeal of this substantial book should also be stressed. The stunning and luxurious illustrations will delight anyone who is simply curious about the history of Celtic knot work and enjoys getting lost among its twists and textures."

"This is an outstanding book that could be used in many different craft applications; from metalsmithing to wood block cuttings, to stationary design and more. I could think of many different ways someone could use this book to fit their craft medium, even t-shirt designs. The book even has a great feel to it. It is substantial, with slick pages and wonderful illustrations showing different Celtic patterns with details demonstrating how to re-create them. The first section of the book shows beautiful color illustrations of full blown Celtic designs that inspire. Chapter by chapter you will learn about patterns, plotting and graphing designs, and how to alter designs to fit within a specific format or space. Next you will learn about line enhancement and love knot designs, not to mention Viking animals, finials and fantasy creatures. While I had no prior Celtic pattern or design experience, I found this book to be inspirational and it provided me with great knowledge of Celtic designs that I could use in my crafts."

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Take a Journey Through the Knotted Path of Celtic Art In Great Book of Celtic Patterns, nationally known artist and best-selling author Lora S. Irish introduces you to the influential art form known as Celtic Knot work and unravels the secrets to creating it's intricate and beautiful designs. With over 200 original patterns and easy-to-follow lessons that can be applied to a multitude of arts and crafts, you'll learn the basics of creating the knotted line and the simple twists and braids that form the basis of Celtic art. In no time, you'll be able to incorporate knot patterns and finials, such as animals, leaves, or scroll work, into an unlimited number of styles and layouts that can artistically stand alone or adorn any form of craft. Great Book of Celtic Patterns is the essential guide for any artist or crafter seeking to create the historical beauty of Celtic Art. Inside you'll Find: *The origins and history of Celtic art *Step-by-step instructions for creating twists, braids, and knotted lines *Easy Methods for crafting your own layouts and knot patterns *A guide to enhancing your work with color *A gallery of the author's Celtic knot work
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; 8.2.2007 edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156523314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565233140
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. L. Henson on September 9, 2007
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Lora S. Irish is a talented designed and author. She has the ability to make the complicated simple and accessible for we less talented masses. This book may actually be THE ultimate design source for celtic knots, as least for the novice/beginner.

Well-laid out, Irish offers background, history and origins of the Celtic Knot and a nice gallery of various media illustrating use of the Knot. She shows us simply how to understand the patterns and how they flow, including a great beginners lesson on plotting and graphing Knots, as well as layouts. I like her use of colored pencils to illustrate shadow and depth, and in so doing she gave us a little primer of their use, too.

You will not be disappointed in adding this book as a design source to your library, whether you are a gourd artist, woodburner, painter or just like to doodle.
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By Plato on November 2, 2007
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This book is so fantastic, I could hardly put it down. I have used some of the images to do needle felting. This an ultimate sourcebook. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in Celtic Art.
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I do leatherwork & have wanted to do Celtic braids & knots on belts, wallets, checkbooks, etc. I haven't found a very good resource for patterns until this book. Not only are there a lot of patterns in this book for you to use, they show you how to design your own Celtic braids & knots.

If you want to use Celtic braids or knots, this is the book for you. If you want to design your own Celtic braids or knots, this is the book for you. If you just enjoy seeing great examples of Celtic braids or knots, this is the book for you.
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This is an excellent overview of the layout and development of Celtic patterns. The brief history and descriptions of major forms is helpful without being burdensome. It also contains excellent color examples of Celtic designs used in various contemporary art forms. It is much easier to read and use than the verbose and overly detailed British reprints that are available. An excellent book for the beginner and an inspiration to the experienced artist.
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I gave this book as a gift to an artist-friend, who loves it so much, he takes it and a sketchpad everywhere. I wish all my gifts were as well-received!
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This book is a great book of celtic design. It not only gives the history of design but it also includes a wonderful section on drawing knot work and celtic design. This is the best book I have seen thus far on celtic design and knot work.
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I bought this, pretty much as you are now. Searching for something good, wondering if it is really worth the money and trying to decide if the people reviewing it honestly know what they are talking about ;).

This is a must have, If you love Celtic knots, hearts, designs, or history it is all in here and its not in here in a way that puts you to sleep. Its well written, very very well photographed and very easy to follow. I love this book and honestly have taken up a huge Celtic knot sketchpad with all I have learned from it. If your an artist or anyone looking at purchasing this for any reason, I highly highly recommend it, and this is rare from me.

Best wishes,

~Dustin~
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Fabulous book... Being first-born american, of English, Scottish, Irish, and welsh decent, (Okay "British", lol)...

I'm very interested in celtic designs.I enjoy the art of painters and artists such as some of the great Fairy artists, attending Ren Faires and admiring the handiwork of the artisans, and am an avid artist and photographer. As for celtic design, I try to incorporate it when I can, in paintings/sketches, and plan to include it more in my jewelry and hand-tooled leather designs. It's an excellent resourse, as the designs and shadings are excellent, and it will be a lovely addition to anyone'sceltic/leatherwork/crewel/sewing/embroidery/drawing and/or other crafting resource library!
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