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Three-colour interlaced knotwork

Object number: ROMGH.2010.36.1

Type: Table cloth

Technique: Embroidered

Material: Textile

Width: 78cm | Height: 80.6cm

Production date: 1920 - 1968

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The choice of colours focuses the eye on the embroidery of interlacing and knotwork in orange, blue and mauve. It clearly shows the complexity of the design. Presumably drawn by Bain, it may have been embroidered by one of his students or a member of his family.

The interlaced central flower with its mauve centre and the knotwork surrounds are all worked in stem stitch. The very simple, orange linear border is stitched in herringbone.

Across the globe interlaced knotwork designs were inspired by plaiting & basket weaving. However George Bain believed knotwork interlacing to be peculiar to Pictish and early Irish forms of Celtic art.

See: Bain’s Celtic Art, Methods of Construction page 25

Author: Barbara Pritchard

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