WORKING REPORT – DRAGON’S KNOTTY PROBLEM

Fits and starts, but back on track. Here’s the beginning of the top strip:

I’m not quite sure where I got this pattern from. It’s in one of my sketchbooks, but the accompanying notes only?say "Dover," so I may have gotten it from one of the Dover collections of graphed patterns, possibly their booklet of Celtic-inspired designs. I know it has no absolute historical citation in any one artifact or early book. In any case, it’s four meshes narrower than my original choice. That’s eight meshes for the whole piece (top and bottom strips both).Eight meshes would have been enough to make the thing too big to fit on the stretcher bars at the top and bottom of the door’s window. The beaded looking bit between the solid edge and the knotwork strip is produced by leaving a double-wide mesh every five rows. Those double-wides are going to be the holes through which the stretcher bar style brass curtain rods?will be threaded.

On whether or not motif strip"goes" with the rest of the piece – I’m not quite decided yet. I picked this pattern because the knotwork was interesting, because the knotwork picked up the curves in the dragon piece and the floral border, and the interlaces echoed the knots in the side panel. Plus, I thought the solid-strip negative-space nature of this design might be a nice contrast with the rest of the piece, in which the filled meshes present the design rather than the empty ones. I do like the solid strip nature of this one as a framing device, but I’m not entirely sure that the negative-space interlace is easily discerned. I’ll do a bit more to see if more repeats aid in visual interpretation. If not, it’s rip out and start again. Again.

One thing of which I’m quite proud – look at the bottommost row of solid meshes that makes up the new top strip. That’s the one that fastens the new work to the old. Not bad for an afterthought join.

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