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The construction principles of Celtic art were re-discovered in the middle of the 20th century by George Bain. Until his writing, the intricate knots, interlacings, and spirals used in illuminating The Book of Kells and in decorating craftwork and jewelry seemed almost impossible, "the work of angels." In this pioneering work, George Bain shows how simple principles, no more difficult than those used in needlecraft, were used to create some of the finest artistic works ever seen. He also explains how you can use these principles in re-creating artifacts and in creating your own Celtic designs for art and craft work or even for recreational use.
Step-by-step procedures carefully introduce the simple rules and methods of Celtic knot work and the well-known designs from the great manuscripts and stone work. Later chapters build up to complex knot work, spiral work, and key pattern designs, with special coverage of alphabets and the stylized use of animals, humans, and plants. Altogether over 225 different patterns are presented for your use, with hundreds of modification suggestions, 110 historical and modern artifacts showing designs in use, a great number of letters including six complete alphabets and 25 decorative initials, and a number of animal and human figures used in the original Celtic works.
Artists, students, craftspeople, even children can work with these patterns and instructions for creating dynamic designs for use in leather work, in embroidery and other needle work, in metalwork, jewelry making, card design, borders, panels, illuminations, and in countless other ways. Mathematicians will find a great deal of pleasure in the geometric principles on which the patterns are based. Art historians and others interested in studying Celtic art will find a great number of outstanding art works and the best presentation in English for understanding Celtic design.

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The construction principles of Celtic art were re-discovered in the middle of the 20th century by George Bain. Until his writing, the intricate knots, interlacings, and spirals used in illuminating The Book of Kells and in decorating craftwork and jewelry seemed almost impossible, "the work of angels." In this pioneering work, George Bain shows how simple principles, no more difficult than those used in needlecraft, were used to create some of the finest artistic works ever seen. He also explains how you can use these principles in re-creating artifacts and in creating your own Celtic designs for art and craft work or even for recreational use.
Step-by-step procedures carefully introduce the simple rules and methods of Celtic knot work and the well-known designs from the great manuscripts and stone work. Later chapters build up to complex knot work, spiral work, and key pattern designs, with special coverage of alphabets and the stylized use of animals, humans, and plants. Altogether over 225 different patterns are presented for your use, with hundreds of modification suggestions, 110 historical and modern artifacts showing designs in use, a great number of letters including six complete alphabets and 25 decorative initials, and a number of animal and human figures used in the original Celtic works.
Artists, students, craftspeople, even children can work with these patterns and instructions for creating dynamic designs for use in leather work, in embroidery and other needle work, in metalwork, jewelry making, card design, borders, panels, illuminations, and in countless other ways. Mathematicians will find a great deal of pleasure in the geometric principles on which the patterns are based. Art historians and others interested in studying Celtic art will find a great number of outstanding art works and the best presentation in English for understanding Celtic design.

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Angel Winges
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More than I expected!
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2016
I am a medieval history recreator with the Society for Creative Anachronism. I teach people how to make illuminated scrolls for awards. One of the most challenging classes is knotwork. This book simplifies everything. It''s well documented, shows you the steps for a... See more
I am a medieval history recreator with the Society for Creative Anachronism. I teach people how to make illuminated scrolls for awards. One of the most challenging classes is knotwork. This book simplifies everything. It''s well documented, shows you the steps for a plethora of designs, and gives you some history. It will make my classes so much easier now. I will be recommending that all of students in 3 states buy this book to use for designs.
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Over my head
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2018
I have recently taken to Clectic art and wanted a reference book on the many knots, spirals, and other arts. I got this and found it to be a HUGE work. Not for the timid! VERY in depth. I glean from some of the more simpler drawings. Proud to have bought it, now to begin... See more
I have recently taken to Clectic art and wanted a reference book on the many knots, spirals, and other arts. I got this and found it to be a HUGE work. Not for the timid! VERY in depth. I glean from some of the more simpler drawings. Proud to have bought it, now to begin the long journey to understand it. Loving every page regardless if I completely understand them.
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Nancy A. Warren
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Difficult to understand
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
Even the most basic patterns are difficult to understand from a beginner/intermediate standpoint. I was hoping for something more instructional from a basic standpoint. If you have degrees in Art or architecture you might be able to get something from this book, I was... See more
Even the most basic patterns are difficult to understand from a beginner/intermediate standpoint. I was hoping for something more instructional from a basic standpoint. If you have degrees in Art or architecture you might be able to get something from this book, I was under the impression that it would be helpful for the novice. Not so! It is very detailed and broad in the history of this kind of art and the differences in locations from around the world, but, all I can do is look at it and scratch my head.
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AR Grover
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It is not an easy read.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2018
I love this book. I love the drawings. The information is overwhelming at times but if you take your time and focus its very interesting. I really love tracing the drawings in it and I enjoy attempting to comprehend most of the information in it. I find it to be challenging... See more
I love this book. I love the drawings. The information is overwhelming at times but if you take your time and focus its very interesting. I really love tracing the drawings in it and I enjoy attempting to comprehend most of the information in it. I find it to be challenging and I like that. Most days I get books that are not nearly as wordy or challenging so this one is fabulous. It reminds me of trying to read Shakespeare when not knowing how to read and going by the pictures of the plays. Highly recommend it if you are into the past, art, drawing, and or learning things which few touch on.
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Henry Neil
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Excellent work, terrible publishing.
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2015
The author of this book was not well served by the publisher. Mr. Bain has done an enormous amount of research and invested a great amount of time in packaging and breaking down these complex designs, but the paper seems cheap and the designs beg for color, which would... See more
The author of this book was not well served by the publisher. Mr. Bain has done an enormous amount of research and invested a great amount of time in packaging and breaking down these complex designs, but the paper seems cheap and the designs beg for color, which would have required better paper. I am giving the author five stars but the publisher perhaps two. The cover exemplifies what the inside should look like.
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Soren Glassing
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Great book if you are already an artist
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2018
Great book if you are already an artist. It is complicated however, as this artwork really demands attention and well thought out, almost mathematical thought process- which I don’t have!!! Love the book.
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Thank you, Awesome Book!
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2021
Super excited to get using this book! I am very happy with my order. I purchased second hand, and the seller was fast in shipping it. Just as described. Thank you Orion LLC ♥️
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D. Sacerdote
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My Favorite Celtic Art Instruction Book
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2013
I received my first copy of this book 40 years ago, when I was taking my first art lessons. Back then it was virtually the only text on Celtic art available. Somehow over the years that copy was misplaced. I never forgot how simple and logical Mr. Bain''s instructions were... See more
I received my first copy of this book 40 years ago, when I was taking my first art lessons. Back then it was virtually the only text on Celtic art available. Somehow over the years that copy was misplaced. I never forgot how simple and logical Mr. Bain''s instructions were and I was delighted to purchase a replacement. One of the best things about Bain''s technique is that it is so readily adaptable to unfamiliar designs that aren''t specifically diagrammed in the book. Once you master his methods, you will be able to look at ancient designs and understand how they were drawn or constructed so that you can develop your own designs based on them. Excellent, and highly recommended.
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Sarah Joiner
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Not so much for a beginner
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 13, 2020
he gives an introduction to each section, which I personally found a bit dry. There is a lot of reference to the ancient books of lettering, and stone monuments, etc, which places it all well & Interestingly. For me as a beginner, the best bit was that I learned simple...See more
he gives an introduction to each section, which I personally found a bit dry. There is a lot of reference to the ancient books of lettering, and stone monuments, etc, which places it all well & Interestingly. For me as a beginner, the best bit was that I learned simple knotwork without needing a grid, which allows for a lot more freedom. Most of it was beyond me, but no doubt good for the more advanced student.
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Tracey W
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The most important and the original author within this discipline.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2015
I had this when it was first published back in the 1980s and loved it then. This is a wonderfully accessible book written by the master of Celtic Art studies, George Bain. Every artist needs this book on their shelf. Do not go for the more broadly commercial titles and...See more
I had this when it was first published back in the 1980s and loved it then. This is a wonderfully accessible book written by the master of Celtic Art studies, George Bain. Every artist needs this book on their shelf. Do not go for the more broadly commercial titles and cheap publications that publish for profit. George Bain spent years studying in this discipline and should not be ignored. Proper attention must be paid to this book for anyone professing to have an interest in this ancient art form. This is the original book on the construction of Celtic forms such as key work, spirals, illuminated manuscripts, engraved Scottish stonework and he shows you in the most perfect way on how to consider drawing the complex designs. George Bain is the priority number one author that must be consulted first.
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Comprehensive
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2019
This is a lovely book, gave my original away some years ago as a gift. Disappointed that it now only appears to be available from the States. In my mind this is the best book available for learning some of the skills of the ancients. Well laid out with clear explanations...See more
This is a lovely book, gave my original away some years ago as a gift. Disappointed that it now only appears to be available from the States. In my mind this is the best book available for learning some of the skills of the ancients. Well laid out with clear explanations and beautiful drawings.
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Massive resource, content enough for a lifetime.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 9, 2015
This book puts all others to shame. Exceeds Dover publications entire content in just a few pages. Judging from first few pages there is more densely-packed detailed information there than would be found in an entire glossy colour photo craft book too. Black and white...See more
This book puts all others to shame. Exceeds Dover publications entire content in just a few pages. Judging from first few pages there is more densely-packed detailed information there than would be found in an entire glossy colour photo craft book too. Black and white diagrams look hand drawn, with maybe 20 variations for each ''recipe'' of knot per packed page. Formed on a dotted grid, the knots begin with a spine of crossover lines and are padded outwards by an easy to follow number shorthand. Complexity increases logically, but with a sequence of work to follow, look easily achievable. The print is clear but small, so I expect to enlarge pages I will be working from. My used copy is too musty for more than a quick look before treatment, but I''m glad I found a copy at all. For graphic design, quilting, stained glass, jewellery making or just doodling, if you have a pencil, you can generate intricate knotwork without tears from this book.
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Excellent and comprehensive.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2020
By far the best Celtic art source book I''ve found, with tons of material. It''s choc full of examples and helpful diagrams breaking down seemingly impossibly complex knotwork. I''d say this is not a simple beginners how-to, but anybody reasonably competent at drawing and/or...See more
By far the best Celtic art source book I''ve found, with tons of material. It''s choc full of examples and helpful diagrams breaking down seemingly impossibly complex knotwork. I''d say this is not a simple beginners how-to, but anybody reasonably competent at drawing and/or able to draw simple knots confidently should find it really useful.
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