International Guild of Knot Tyers

Celtic Knotwork by Iain Bain

Celtic Knotwork by Iain Bain

Sterling Publishing Company, 1992 ISBN 9780806986388

The author, a retired civil engineer and grandfather, is the son of George Bain whose book Celtic Arts: The Methods of Construction (pub. 1951) was reviewed in K.M. issue No. 4 (Summer, 1983), page 8. As many readers found parts of his father’s book confusing, lain Bain has devised simpler and clearer principles for constructing Celtic designs and his book contains hundreds of straightforward and unambiguous diagrams linked to a concise text, making it an indispensable manual of this unique ancient British art-form. There are also eight (nine, if you include the dust jacket) gorgeous colour plates. The book is highly recommended for all knot-tyers who need to design and draw knotwork of any kind - especially this traditional way - while serious students will find it a splendid addition to our literature.

G.B.