Draw Your Own Celtic Designs An indispensable, step-by-step guide to drawing a wide variety of Celtic designs

CELTIC DESIGNS

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David James
Draw Your Own Celtic Designs

An indispensable, step-by-step guide to drawing a wide variety of Celtic designs – for artists and crafters working in all media. Starting with an illustrated introduction to the Celts and the development of Celtic design, the author places the book’s designs into their historical context.

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Courtney Davis
Celtic and Old Norse Designs

Artists, illustrators, designers, and craftspeople in search of exceptionally bold and inventive motifs will find them in this versatile treasury brimming with 125 royalty-free designs. Taken from authentic Celtic and Old Norse sources, they include an amazing array of birds, human figures, and mythological creatures, all ingeniously woven into an intricate network of spirals and interlacings.
Meticulously adapted from artwork that graced ancient rune stones and religious symbols, furniture, manuscripts, bronze mirrors, sword hilts, cooking utensils, and other artifacts, the illustrations depict a crucifix; decorative creatures that adorned the pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels; interwoven designs from stone crosses of Ireland, Scotland, and Cornwall; and many other designs and motifs.
Convenient and inexpensive, this collection offers inspiration and a wealth of immediately usable dramatic ornamentation rich in character and distinctive in content.

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Courtney Davies
A Treasury of Celtic Design

Intricate and compelling, these Celtic designs encompass a dazzling range of knotwork, spirals, key patterns, and animal forms. A wealth of full- and half-page rectangular forms, motifs, medallions, borders, and corner pieces are all rendered with exquisite finesse by renowned Celtic artist Courtney Davis. These timeless and evocative designs will be an unending source of ideas for artists and designers, both amateur and professional. Courtney Davis works within the best traditions of ancient Celtic style to produce his own unique designs. His books on the subject of Celtic art include Celtic Designs and Motifs, The Celtic Stained Glass Book, and The Celtic Image.

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Lora Irish
Great Book of Celtic Patterns: The Ultimate Design Sourcebook for Artists and Crafters

Unravel the secrets to creating Celtic knot work as you adorn your completed woodburning, carving, and scrolling projects with beautiful twists, braids and textures. Features 200 original patterns and designs.

Calling on geometric forms found in Celtic monuments and manuscripts, this crafter’s companion presents basic design principles and step-by-step instructions for plotting out and drawing lines, twists, braids, and knots in the ancient Irish tradition. With lessons that can be applied to a multitude of arts and crafts–from needlework and woodworking to decorative painting–this instructional guide unravels the secrets to creating intricate Celtic knot work. Offering increasingly intricate designs with the addition of lines and new textures, artisans of any skill level will revel in the endless archive of original patterns provided in this sourcebook.

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Anne Orr, Lesley Clarke
Celtic Cross Stitch: Over 40 Small, Exciting and Innovative Projects

This compilation is notable for its wealth of small, colorful projects inspired by elements of Celtic design such as knotwork, spirals, fanciful animals, and religious motifs. Many projects are appropriate for the beginning cross-stitcher, and all are graded for difficulty….Each project includes full-color illustrations, both color and black-and-white charts, and finishing instructions….Recommended.

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Gail Lawther
Celtic Cross Stitch: 30 Alphabet, Animal, & Knotwork Projects

Celtic Cross Stitch takes inspiration from a wide variety of Celtic designs and explores the challenges of transferring them to patterns for counted cross stitch. Here are 30 fully detailed and charted projects, ranging from simple cards and pictures to a stunning rug and an embroidered border for an heirloom christening gown. Knotwork, key, and spiral designs are featured together with animal, plant and human forms. In addition a separate section charts a selection of classic Celtic alphabet designs. Some of the projects will appeal to experienced embroiderers, others to those who are new to the craft. Each project begins with clear, step-by-step instructions, lists the needed materials, and shows you the finished design. You’ll find numerous ideas for alternative color schemes and variations on the basic designs as well. These and the pattern library of designs will inspire you to make up your own Celtic motifs and patterns.