10 Sept 2022

Free Virgo Zodiac Blackwork Pattern

 

Free Virgo Zodiac Blackwork Pattern

Free Virgo Zodiac Blackwork Pattern


Last Month I started sharing a new set of blackwork designs based on the zodiac. Kicking things off with Leo as it happened to be the sign we were in at the time, it's now time for Virgo!

Virgo Zodiac Sign

Represented by the maiden, people born between 23rd August and 22nd September are apparently smart, graceful, sophisticated, kind, practical and organised. 

  • element: earth
  • colours: brown, green, silver
  • gem: peridot
  • flowers: sunflower, marigold
  • numbers: 5, 6
  • ruler: mercury

Free Leo Zodiac Blackwork Embroidery Pattern

Free Leo Zodiac Blackwork Embroidery Pattern

Finished Size

8.6cm/ 3 3/8" x 9.5cm/ 4 3/4"

stitches: 55 x 60

Materials:

  • cross-stitch needle
  • scissors
  • fabric- I used 32hpi ivory evenweave which you would need 20cm/8" square which leaves enough for finishing. 
  • thread: I used DMC stranded cotton 4140

Chart

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Free Leo Zodiac Blackwork Embroidery Pattern

Key

  • Green lines (fill pattern) DMC 4140 1 strand
  • Dark lines (outline) DMC 4140 2 strands
I hope you like the pattern! I'd love to know how you get on with it, so please feel free to comment below and tag me @KarenCreftor on Instagram!

free virgo blackwork pattern



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23 Aug 2022

How to Draw a Triquetra in 10 Easy Steps

 

how to draw a triquetra

What Is a Triquetra?

The triquetra symbol is an ancient surface pattern, most commonly found in Celtic Knotwork Art.

It's a symmetrical symbol based on three interlaced arcs and is also known as a trinity knot.

Despite it historically having no actual meaning, many people give it significance and believe it represents (among other beliefs):

  • The triple goddess
  • A version of the Valknut, representing Odin
  • Interconnectedness
  • The holy trinity
  • The three promises in a relationship (love, honour and protect)
  • Protection

How to Draw a Triquetra

There are several techniques for drawing a triquetra, and this happens to be my favourite one.

This technique does take the longest out of all that I've personally tried, as it takes quite a bit of drafting, but it is also the most precise and the most fun for a geometry nerd such as yours truly!

Follow my channel to see the dots and freehand methods coming soon!

Materials You Need

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Compass
  • Pen
  • Eraser

Step One

  • Draw a line near the bottom of your paper, using the pencil and ruler and pressing lightly as you will be erasing the pencil later.
  • This will be the width of the finished triquetra.
  • Mark the exact center of the line as shown.
how to draw a triquetra step one


Step Two

  • Set your compass to the same width as the full line in Step one.
  • Using either end of your line and the 'centre' of your circle, make two marks above the middle of your line as shown.
  • This is the quickest and easiest way to make an equilateral triangle!

how to draw a triquetra step two

Step Three

  • Using the point where your lines from step two intersect as the third point of your triangle, join all the ends together, marking the middle of each line.

how to draw a triquetra step three

Step Four

  • Line up each point with the midpoint mark on the opposite line and draw a line through the triangle.
  • Do this on each side.
  • This marks the exact centre of the triangle.

how to draw a triquetra step four

Step Five

  • Now mark if it's easier, the quarter-point of one side and set your compass to the width from this point, going to the midway point of the next side. See the image for details.
  • Now using the midpoint of one side as the centre of your circle, mark a curve inside the triangle between the other two sides as shown.

how to draw a triquetra step five

Step Six

  • Repeat step five for the other two sides.
  • You now have the outer edge of your triquetra and can see the shape starting to form!

how to draw a triquetra step six

Step Seven

  • Decide how thick you would like the band of the triquetra to be and shorten your compass by that much.
  • Again, using the midway point of a side, draw a curve inside the triangle, but making sure to stop when you reach the middle lines from the other sides. See the photo for details.

how to draw a triquetra step seven

Step Eight

  • Repeat step seven for the other two sides!

how to draw a triquetra step eight

Step Nine

  • Now switch to your pen and mark out each corner of the triquetra, moving from the curve to the point.
  • On each corner, make one side go 'over' a band from the next corner, and the other side stops dead when it reaches the next corner, as shown in the picture.

how to draw a triquetra step nine

Final Step!

  • Repeat Step Nine for the other two corners, making sure to keep the long side and short side consistent.
  • You may find it easier to turn the paper for each corner to help with this and remember which side is which. For example, in my triquetra, the long side is always on the left and the short on the right.
  • Erase all your pencil lines and shade the edges where one band goes under another.

how to draw a triquetra step ten

Symbol Drawing

That's it!

Celtic knots are so much fun to draw, and the patterns are endless, but this still remains one of the timeless favourites (including mine).

As mentioned above, there are other techniques for drawing triquetras, and I'll be doing some tutorials for those very soon.

But for now, I hope you enjoyed this. If you have any trouble or just fancy saying hello, please comment below!

12 Aug 2022

Free Leo Zodiac Blackwork Embroidery Pattern



Recently I became obsessed with Blackwork Embroidery. I've done some in the past, including an epic
design called 'Pearl' of an elegant lady many years ago and designed the free blackwork heart pattern. I thoroughly enjoy blackwork and find it more interesting than cross-stitch, so thought I'd experiment with it.

Blackwork appeals to my maths nerd side with the repetitive often geometric-like patterns. You can also create different effects and 'shades' just by changing the density of a repeat pattern which is fascinating, especially as you can do that using just one colour of thread if you wish.

Blackwork Designing

I used to design and sell enamel pins, but it became virtually impossible to find a reliable manufacturer, so I went back to what I grew up doing- cross-stitch design. It seemed a shame to waste all the pin designs, so I set about converting them to cross-stitch patterns. But it came time to convert a very popular design of a squirrel, which has large solid areas and would be very boring to cross-stitch, so I needed a way to make the design more interesting- which led me to blackwork!

Now traditional blackwork normally has filling patterns that are very pretty but often non-specific and I felt more could be done with them. Possibly with my background of designing for various arts and crafts such as knotwork, quilts and scrapbooking papers I love playing with repeat patterns and patterns within patterns, so thought "Why not make the repeat fill pattern itself a picture?" and couldn't resist creating a squirrel filled with acorns and oak leaves... so I did! It's all kind of snowballed from there and I'm on a blackwork designing binge now.

By the way if you'd like the squirrel pattern, it is available now as part of the Pattern Library, exclusive to Patreon members- read more about that here.

Blackwork Zodiac Set

I was trying to think of other blackwork patterns to design and I'm a big fan of sets/collections, so thought I'd start a set of Zodiac patterns and release each one during the time of year that sign is in. We are currently in the sign of Leo so that is the sign I'm sharing first.

The set will be made up of the astrology sign filled with a repeat pattern combining the symbol (ie the Lion) and the sign itself in a variegated colour associated with that sign.

Free Leo Blackwork Zodiac Pattern


Leo Zodiac Sign

Represented by the lion, people born between 23rd July (my Mum's birthday) and 22nd August are apparently creative, bold, intelligent, ambitious, proud and make natural leaders. 

  • element: fire
  • colours: gold, yellow, orange
  • gem: carnelian
  • flowers: sunflower and marigold
  • numbers: 1, 3, 10, 19
  • ruler: sun

Free Leo Zodiac Blackwork Embroidery Pattern



Finished Size

8cm/ 3 1/8" x 9.5cm/ 4 3/4"

stitches: 50 x 60

Materials:

  • cross-stitch needle
  • scissors
  • fabric- I used 32hpi ivory evenweave which you would need 20cm/8" square which leaves enough for finishing. 
  • thread: I used DMC stranded cotton 4124

Chart

Key

  • Orange lines (fill pattern) DMC 4124 1 strand
  • Dark lines (outline) DMC 4124 2 strands

I hope you like the pattern! I'd love to know how you get on with it, so please feel free to comment below and tag me @KarenCreftor on Instagram!

Terms of Use

This pattern is free to use for personal use only. The pattern may not be redistributed, altered or copied in any way without the designers written permission. If you know someone who might like this pattern, please support a small business and send them the link to this page! Thank you x