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The book "Celtic Art -- The Methods of Construction", by George Bain, contains some fascinating examples of knots and knot-like patterns from the Celts. I picked out a circular knot from page 37 and tied it in silver, just to see how it would come out. The description in the book reads, in part: "Suitable for Carving, Metal Work, Jewellry, Pottery, Embroidery, Quilting, Leatherwork, etc." I'm not sure if George contemplated the sort of metalwork that I applied to it...
Pictish school, Celtic knotwork.
The method used is similar to that which I teach in my Prolong Knot bracelet workshop, but slightly more complex. Here is a scan of the original knot from the book, showing all the turns. My students don't have to tackle anything quite so complex in their first project, but I do discuss the possibility with them, and encourage them to look at any such knot as being within their newfound skills. Celtic knot
5x6 Turk's-head with loops along edge.
Here's another one. If you're familiar with my other knots, you can see that this is actually a modification of a five-lead by six-bight Turk's-head. Celtic knot
Here they are after being domed, with pins through them, to be used as bun covers.
Celtic knot bun covers

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