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Image Collection: Circular Knotwork

Circular Knotwork Tiles:

1.

This circular (annular) tile is based on a knotwork pattern originally from Lindisfarne Folio 95, taken from [BainI] page 102. It is in two bands-- if I'd have used an odd number of pattern repeats it would have ended up as one band.  These tiles are rendered as colored "paint" on light parchment/vellum and simple colors on a dark background.  

a.    b. 

2.

These tiles are based on a pattern from the Hilton of Cadbol Stone.  I found the basic pattern in [BainI] page 78.  Tiles 2.a and 2.b are rendered in simple dark and light shades, with the corner areas using a key pattern originally from Kells, taken from [BainG] page 78, plate 7.  You only see the full key pattern when the tile is used as a background.   Tiles 2.c, d, and e use a modified version of the Cadbol template making a continuous line when tiled as a background.  All but 2.f (rendered as "gold wire") would be suitable for web page backgrounds.

a.    b.    c.    d.    e.    f. 

3.

These tiles are based on an annular (ring) pattern found originally on the Lastingham Cross.  The underlying knotwork is from Romilly Allen's "Knot 4" pattern.  The stone cross is shown on [BainI] page 11, while the pattern is analyzed on [BainI] page 77.  Tile 3.a shows the basic pattern, while 3.b has been modified to make a continuous pattern when tiled as a page/window background.

a.    b. 

4.

This tile uses a "circularization" of a triangular knotwork pattern originally from the Bore-Stone of Gask, analyzed in [BainG] page 41, Plate F.3.  The concept of adapting a triangular knotwork template to a circle is from [BainI] page 92.   Tile 4.a is rendered simply in dark shades, and would be suitable for a web page background.

a. 

5.

The following panels are based on an adaptation of a triangular knotwork panel used on the Ulbster Stone and the Penmon Stone.  I found the original in [BainG] page 47, Plate 5, and [BainI] page 88.  The concept of "circularizing" a triangular knotwork template is from [BainI] page 92.  It is also used as the basis for Circular Knotwork border 1 on the Circular Knotwork Borders page.  Tile 5.a is rendered as "embossed paper" while 5.b is rendered as "carved stone".

a.    b. 

6.

The following panels are based on a circular adaptation of a triangular knotwork pattern found on the Ulbster Stone, pre-analyzed in [BainG] page 41 Plate F.  The concept of "circularizing" a triangular knotwork template is from [BainI] page 92.  Tile 6.a is based on the original right triangular pattern, while 6.b is based on the 60-degree adaptation used on Tile 10 on the Triangular Knotwork Tiles (2) page.  

a.    b. 

7.

The following tiles are based on a circular adaptation of a triangular knotwork pattern originally from the St. Vigean's Stone, found pre-analyzed in [BainG] page 41 Plate F.7.   The concept of "circularizing" a triangular knotwork template is from [BainI] page 92.  The original triangular versions are found as Tile 3 on the Triangular Knotwork Tiles (1) page.  Tiles 7.a and 7.b use simple dark shades, while 7.c is rendered as "beaten gold".

a.    b.    c.   

8.

The following tiles are based on a novel circular adaptation of a regular knotwork pattern sometimes known as the "Celtic Lover's Knot". The original knot can be found in these pages at: Knotwork Tiles 2, Tile 13. The samples below include four versions (8.a-8.d) of the pattern, rendered as "gold wire", one including central bands also in "gold wire", and two (in shades of gray) modified to tile somewhat gracefully a continuous band.  The last two could make good web page backgrounds.

a.    b.    c.   d.   

9.

The following tiles are based on a circular adaptation (with central bands) of a rectangular knotwork pattern found in a number of Celtic Insular sources, including The Book of Lindisfarne and St. Chad's Gospels. A clip art version of the basic knot can be found on the Knotwork Tiles 4 Page, Tile 25.

The samples below include three versions of the pattern, rendered in shades of gray (9.a, b) and as "gold wire" (9.c). All include a small keywork filler so that they tile gracefully.

a.  b.  c. 



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