Knot Your Needle

I’m hoping to take a few blog posts to go back over the last few months and share a little more in depth about some of my favorite designs.  The first one up is Knot Your Needle in Cross Stitch

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What I love about this most is the inspiration for the design:  a page from a sixteenth century book that I saw in an exhibit at The Getty Center in Los Angeles last year.

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It also happened to be a motif that was used for some of the signage and advertisement about the exhibit around the museum and so when I actually got the the exhibit room and saw the actual piece, I was taken away by how small it was.  But, truthfully, I was thankful for having the heads up about that page due to the signage, because it was truly because of the incredible enlargement that allowed me (and all viewers) to see it for its true magnificence.  The design was not just a beautiful geometric motif.  The curves and lines that made up that geometric motif were actually words in Latin.

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I so wanted to reproduce this motif in thread, wanted to take up the challenge of trying to recreate it.  And so I did.  It is a true mathematical knot, meaning that there is no beginning and no end.  Anywhere you begin, if you follow the path carefully, you will eventually get back to your starting place.

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Even as I completed my charting of this design and began the stitching of it, I knew I needed to take the project to the next step.  More in the next blog post.

You can purchase the pattern for Knot Your Needle in Cross Stitch as a paper pattern  here and as a pdf pattern here.

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