NEW THIS WEEK - October 25th, 2006:
Celtic Art, Knotwork, & Lace!
Halloween night has its roots in traditions of Celtic folklore, but
it wasn't always so scary. The Celts believed that Samhain (marking the
transition to winter) was the night when portals were opened for communication
with wondrous worlds existing side by side with their own. The fortunate
families might even be visited by wise and friendly ancestral spirits.
The rich lore of the Celts has given us Halloween, and yes, fairy
tales, too. A land of enchantment awaits you in the designs this week.
Sew fairy folk in concert playing traditional Celtic instruments and
calm sprites enjoying nature. They'll make lovely fairy quilts for young and
Celtic art is a wonder of intricate beauty. We know it best for an
almost hypnotic interlacing weave, called Celtic knotwork. The Celts must have
believed such forms had magical powers because they decorated everything from
garments to jewelry and armor to weaponry with these intricate designs.
Two free projects to set a beautiful table!
Make a decorator table runner of any size and
learn how to place corner designs on placemats and napkins.
You, too, can use this enduring legacy of knotwork to decorate your home and
apparel. Give your dining room linens an elegant motif. Sew the designs on
shirts, pockets, or skirts. Give a towel edge or pillowcase a touch of magic.
Fashion Celtic knotwork jewelry with special freestanding lace designs.
The symbolism in ancient Celtic art has an exciting
veil of mystery about it. There may be no definitive glossary to this
symbolism, but down through the ages, the interlocking knotwork strands
communicate. In this link with the past, we appreciate the Celtic culture that
espoused a belief in connection and the relationship of all living things to
one another, affirming the "permanence and continuum of life, love, and
May you delight in things magical this week and enjoy sewing the designs.
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to see designs released in previous weeks!