Since visiting Dublin some years ago, I have been fascinated by Celtic knots. As a retired biology teacher I am also intrigued by animal (zoomorphic) designs. The challenge of Interwoven was presented and I immediately had visions of Celtic design. In exploring this idea, I found the book, The Complete Book of Celtic Designs which gave many options from which to choose.
Batiks were the first fabrics I auditioned for the design. However, those seemed to fight with the intricacies of the interwoven lines in the design. I then went to my collection of solid fabrics and was on my way to bringing my four silly birds to life. The birds are done with fused applique and then zig-zag edge stitched in gold thread. The eyes were first stitched in gold and then the white and black areas were painted. The wings were cut from a square of machine embroidered cross stitch.
The biggest challenge was to figure out how to draw the pattern for the applique so that what was supposed to be on top did in fact lie on top and what was to be crossed over was underneath. This image is gallery wrapped around a wooden twelve inch by twelve inch frame.