This is a simple Celtic knot. It shows a simple continuous woven path.
I like the way the path of the knot goes over and under and round and round, right back to the beginning.
Um, er, look again . . .
This Celtic knot is a flat, two-dimensional drawing of an impossible object.
“Impossible?” you ask? I challenge you to recreate the Celtic knot shown, using a closed loop (like a rubber band) WITHOUT cutting and re-joining the ends.
Since the knot is only a drawing, there is no “over.”
There is no “under.”
“There is no spoon.” (A favorite line from The Matrix.)
As well as viewing a Celtic knot as a path, try looking at it as a series of shapes; in this case, four corners, two curves, and one straight bar.
Arrange them like the drawing to get this:
Well, that’s closer . . .
Look at the drawing again . . . What’s missing?
In the drawing, black lines separate the shapes. My fabric shapes are butted up against each other, with no separation.
What if I add a little space between the shapes ?
Now, that’s better!
I advocate using spaced shapes to create Celtic knots.
You wanna know the beauty of this method?
These shapes are scaleable . . . make them as large or as small as you want (or can manage).
Just make sure there’s sufficient space separating them.
Tell me your thoughts in the comments.