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Celtic knot interlacing shows up in Irish monuments, stone crosses, jewelry, and illuminated manuscripts. This familiar interlaced art peaked in Ireland around the 7th-9th centuries, during the Celtic Revival.
The basis for this design collection is the Lindisfarne cross, which marks the site where the Lindisfarne Gospels were illuminated.
Monks illuminated the Lindisfarne manuscripts around 700 AD in a monastery off the coast of Northumberland. The style has been described as Hiberno-Saxon, or insular art. Similar illumination of Christian gospels is seen in the Book of Durrow (ca.700 CE) and the Book of Kells (ca.800 CE), combining western calligraphy with insular decoration.
I have drawn a pattern based on the stone Lindisfarne Cross, and repeated it digitally in many variations of color and arrangement. Comparable celtic knot combinations are found in the St. Patrick, Farr Stone, Colum Cille, Ruthwell, and the Claddagh Crosses. Celtic interlacing shows a sense of continuity, and appreciation for eternal aspects of life.
This fabric is surface-printed and available at different weights and widths. It can be combined with woven fabrics for richer depth, or embroidered upon.
-Bring a Celtic knot bag to Saint Patrick's Day events
-Add a vendor booth backdrop or tablecloth at the Irish festivals, Renaissance fair, or Welsh Eisteddfod
-Wrap Celtic candles, Claddagh rings, meat pies and shortbread gifts in fabric
-Sew stuffed animals, phone cases, and children's clothes to sell at festivals
-Decorate your Irish wedding with voile hangings over dowels
-Design outitfs for fiddler groups, bard bands, Renaissance masquerades, bagpipe parades, and theater costumes.
-Add atmosphere to your Scottish bakery or Irish pub with Celtic curtains and tablecloths
-Make fake chain mail backdrops for your band or knife shop
-Dab competitors' sweat at Highland games
-Offer napkins at haggis eating contests