Drawing on the timeless appeal of Celtic art and design, which has attracted artists and craft workers for centuries, this book shows how Celtic themes can be applied to a range of contemporary crafts. Beginning with Celtic illumination, this chapter guides you carefully through the intricacies of Celtic design, showing you how to construct and decorate a selection of knotwork, spiral, key and zoomorphic patterns. The next chapter covers the basic principles of Celtic lettering and decoration, and this is followed by chapters on jewellery making using Celtic knotwork designs, glass painting and paper crafts. In every section, the materials and equipment you need are carefully explained, and there are clear, step-by-step instructions guiding you through a broad range of projects. This book provides not only a strong grounding in Celtic art and design, but also abounds with beautiful things to make - from necklaces, bracelets and earrings to picture frames, decorated goblets and greetings cards. This is a fantastic practical resource that will appeal to anyone inspired by the world of the Celts, whether they are absolute beginners who wish to learn a new craft or more experienced craft workers who want to learn more about Celtic design.
Chapters 1 to 4 are based on the following books published by Search Press:Celtic Illumination by Courtney Davis (2001), Celtic Calligraphy by Vivien Lunniss (1999, Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery by Suzen Millodot (2006), Celtic Glass Painting by Judy Balchin (2000) and Classic Glass Painting by Judy Balchin (1999). The projects in Chapter 5 are by Judy Balchin and are based on those published in The Complete Book of Celtic Designs (2008).