Monday, December 17, 2012

Trinity Knot

This is the knot I used on my embroidered small messenger bag. This is part I on how to create the design.


  • compass
  • ruler
  • eraser
  • pencil
  • paper (lightweight paper is best)


To begin, widen your compass to about two inches. Draw a circle in the middle of your paper. Mark the 12 o'clock spot on your paper. Place the point of your compass on this spot. Now use your compass to mark where it crosses the initial circle on each side.
Place your compass on one of the marks you just made. Trace a semicircle within your original circle. The semi-circle should begin at 12 o'clock and end at around seven or five depending on which side you started on. Repeat on the other side. Your semi-circles should cross at the centre point.
Place your compass at the lower point of one of the two semi-circles. Mark a spot roughly at the six o'clock spot on the original circle. Now move the compass to this spot and mark another semi-circle from side to side within the initial circle.
You should now enlarge your compass to roughly 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches. You will do the same steps as above. Make two semi-circles where your upper marks are making sure to extend them beyond the first semi-circle. Make a semi-circle at the bottom, extending that one as well. Now erase your original circle. You have the beginnings of the trinity knot.
Look at the center of your knot. You want to create the illusion that the knot passes over and under itself. To do this, start at the top and trace with your finger down to the first intersection. Erase the horizontal crossing lines. Continue to the next crossing and erase the vertical lines. Continue to the final crossing and erase those vertical lines as well. Now you have the trinity knot.
Finally, to draw the circles. Widen your compass to 1 inch. Draw your first circle. Now widen your compass to 1 1/4 inches and draw your circle. Again, to get the illusion you'll have to erase some lines. Starting from the top loop, left side, erase the vertical lines. Trace with your finger to the second loop and erase the newly made circle lines. Move to the next cross over and remove the vertical lines. Now move to the third loop and remove the newly made circle lines. On to the next cross over and remove the horizontal lines. Finally, to the first loop right side and remove horizontal new circle lines.
For the larger circle, widen your compass to 1 3/4 inches and draw the circle. Widen the compass again to 2 inches and draw the circle. Beginning again with the top loop left side, erase the new circle lines. For the next crossing erase the vertical lines. the one after erase the new circle line. For the third loop, erase the horizontal lines then the circle lines. Finally, for the last cross over, erase the vertical lines.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

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