Monday, May 22, 2017

Knotwork Bookmarks



Saturday last was the final meeting for the calligraphy workshop at the Worcester Public Library. The class began with practicing letters before moving on to the make and take bookmark.

Greeting card from the week before.

Practice

More practice

And more practice

And more practice

The students made remarkable progress in such a short time.

The bookmark design was a simplified ring and ribbon knot designed by Mark van Stone and published in The Speedball Textbook. Each student worked on the same knot to get an idea how the knot was constructed.


When they finished the first bookmark, with the remaining time, they could work on constructing the knot as part of the letter.








I think everyone enjoyed the class. I know I did. If the students didn't learn anything else, they learned an appreciation for hand done work and how long it takes to create something whether it's a card, bookmark, knitting, crochet or other art/craft.

12 comments:

  1. Love all the Celtic imagery. I think it looks like a great class. And a good way to see how different everyone completed similar items. 😀 We really all do march to our own beat as the cliche says. Happy rainy Monday and new week. Where is May going to? Hugs erika

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    1. It's always fascinating to give people the same basic tools and idea and to see all the different interpretations.

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  2. thiz commint haz nothin ta due with thiz post....we wuz wunderin if INK wood like ta ree croot... frum a bove...we haz several ree crootz frum de far far northern ree gionz ☺☺ N we wood be honored ta haz him bye R side ~ ♥♥

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    1. dood !!!!! welcome two "de familee" ♥♥♥

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  3. Those knots amazed me. I love your A to Z, but also appreciated how the students learned to practice letter writing and the knots. I am SO glad you added how long it takes to create anything hand made. Good for you!

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  4. Lettering and illumination go hand and glove. People just think artists, craftsmen, just blink and suddenly there's a painting, a sweater, a chair. Until you try something out, you never know how much preparation and work is involved.

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  5. I'm sure they enjoyed it but you're right, learning what it takes to make something by hand is a lesson in itself. :D

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  6. I love that ring and ribbon knot! Looks like everyone had a great time.

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    1. Feedback from the librarian was they did

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  7. I love that knot!! I am so happy everyone had such a great time!

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