Create beautiful Celtic knotwork designs for crafts just by typing on your computer!
All of the Celtic knotwork on this site was created with the Celtic Knot Font.
The Celtic Knot Font is perfect for designing craft projects!
unique Celtic knotwork on your computer - play with it until you get exactly
the perfect knotwork for your project - then print it!
You can use the Celtic Knot Font to create patterns or decorations for ANY craft.
Just some of the crafts for which it can be used:
Whatever your craft or hobby, you can decorate it with ornate Celtic Knotwork!
Create your own interlaced designs just by typing. This True Type font works on any PC or Mac, in the word-processing programs you are already using, or any program that lets you choose a font. The designs are fully scalable so you can print them out at exactly the size you want as patterns for any craft.
What is the Celtic Knot Font?
I studied hundreds of Celtic knots and dozens of tutorials on how to make them, then took those knots and the techniques to make them and distilled them down into a set of standard elements. I took those elements and converted them into a font.
The reason is simple. Most people do not have the expensive drawing programs necessary to create these knots. Ready-made clip-art is fine if you want a limited number of designs that are already used by hundreds of other people, but if you want to create knots of your own design you have to learn to use a drawing program and spend many hours working with it just to create the most basic designs. But not any more! I have done the hard part for you. All you have to do is put the pieces together! Every piece is drawn to an accuracy of better than 0.00001 inches. That means that each piece will line up perfectly with the next piece. There are only 3 styles of edges on all of the pieces. If you can just match one side with the next you can create thousands of different knots.
There are over 200 "characters" or knot-pieces in this font, so the combinations you can make are nearly endless. Let's start with just 9 of them, located conveniently in one corner of you computer keyboard:
The corners of this square make the corners of a knot. The sides make the sides of a knot and the middle makes....you guessed it, the middle of a knot.
If you type each row of three keys followed by the Enter key, the Celtic Knot Font will make this pattern:
As you can see, it makes a nice square knotwork design. Let's get a little more fancy. If we type more of the letters that make the top edge, the middle section, and the bottom edge we can extend the knot like this:
See how the "a" key makes the left side and the "d" key makes the right side? Watch this:
Using these two keys will make a vertical break in the weave. This is the basis of all Celtic Knotwork. Make a grid and introduce breaks into the grid to create a decorative pattern. Likewise we can use the "w" key and the "x" key to make horizontal breaks. Like this:
These examples were made using just 9 of the pieces available in the Celtic Knot Font. There over 200 different pieces available in the full font!
By assembling these pieces you can make thousands of different Celtic Knots.
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I (Daniel Isdell) created the design for this box with the Font, and then carved it out using a CNC milling machine:
The extreme accuracy of the Font characters enables them to be used in computer controlled applications such as laser engraving, vinyl sign cutting, CAD CAM for jewelry making, and CNC machining and routing.
My late wife Laurie (Laurie Isdell) used the Charted Style Celtic Knot Font to make the pattern for this beadwork project:
Kathy Johnson created the Celtic knot designs for these beautiful Celtic applique quilts with the Font (note the blue ribbon she won!).
Custom painter W. David Webster of ThikSkin Design used the Celtic Knot Font to create the knotwork (except for the shamrock) for this spectacular motorcycle tank and fender. To read his description of how he did it, click here.
These awesome leather motorcycle saddlebags with Celtic knots were designed and carved by Guy Whelan. Click here to read the details.
Sue Barstow of Kenyon-Barstow Company sent us this photo of a beautiful stained glass Celtic knot panel she created - and she says she plans to design many more with the font!
Rickey Turner designed this spectacular stained glass doorway with the Celtic Knot Font. The photos show it on the workbench and installed.
Tereena Clarke of Artecy Cross Stitch offers high-quality printable patterns, including some designed with the Celtic Knot Font, such as this lovely Celtic knot heart counted cross stitch pattern:
Maria Lee created this spectacular bracelet with black, silver, and gold-plated delica beads:
This New York Times bestseller used the knot from the Celtic Knot Font CD for the cover art!
Ken Pite and the students at Kumsheen School in Lytton, British Columbia created these gorgeous CD boxes with a computer controlled laser cutter/engraver.
This exquisite clock was carved by Marty Leenhouts of MyChipCarving.com.
These unique Celtic knot stencils are part of a new Irish collection created by Tori Padilla-Williamson of Stencil Me In.
Professional illustrator and graphic designer Dale Chase of Chase Face Media used the font to create the knotwork designs for this stunning chess table he made. Here are his tips for how he did it.
Gary Knox carved this handsome knotwork cross out of walnut wood.
Jack Hamilton of ScorpionJacks does custom laser engraving on glass and wood.
This knotwork heart is just one of the numerous patterns created from designs made with the Celtic Knot Font that are available as counted cross stitch booklets on Shawn Snaples' Cowtown Cross Stitch website.
This lovely cross stitch knot was done by Scarlett Rose. You can purchase the embroidery machine design files (PES, HUS, PCS, JEF, XXX, or SEW formats) for a variety of lovely Celtic knots, hearts, and crosses, both cross stitch and embroidery, by visiting Scarlett Rose.
Our customer Magda Pietrzak in Glasgow, Scotland had stitched out these nice designs from our Charted Pattern Pack.
Andy DePaule of LuthierSupply.com offers these gorgeous rosettes and fret board inlays for custom guitars.
Cathal McDonnell uses the Celtic Knot Font with a CNC vinyl sign cutter to make signs and to create masks for painting, goldleafing and etching glass. Here are some examples of the results:
This beautifully shaded Celtic knot woodburning project was sent in by Nedra Denison of nedraspyrography.com Nedra teaches and authors books about pyrography, but this was her first design created with the Celtic Knot Font.
Barbara Haney of huckleberryhandpaints.com sent these photos of her handpainted slates. She says, "The old way [hand drawing] just made it too expensive timewise to use for my slates and so I'm delighted with the software..."
Chris Jordan created this beautiful hand woven wool rug. You can see another Celtic knot rug in progress on the loom at his website spindizzy.net/rugs
This gorgeous fireplace was decorated by Heather Stoehr using transfer paper and woodburning tools.
Tom Collins designed his own Celtic knot armband tattoo with the Font. He was kind enough to share a photo, but has requested that folks create their own designs and not copy this one for their own tattoos.
(For more on using the Font to design tattoos and our special Tattoo Set with over 200 patterns, click here.)
Would you believe this box was Martha Schreffler's first pyrography project? In her words, "I wanted to share with you my delight and success in creating a woodburning project within about three hours of purchasing your knot font."
A while back, Jackie Catts posted the "pattern" for a dragonfly knot to the Knotwork Network.
Steve Blandford made a few changes to that design and used a scrollsaw to create this lovely work of art in walnut.
Tom Jarvis shared his own cool version of the scrollsaw dragonfly, along with the text to create it (see the Knotwork Network for Tom's "pattern").
Lisa Sensinger sent these photos of her carved ostrich egg. Called "Hearts United", it won "1st Place Novice Relief Carving" and "Best of Show Runner-up" in The Eggshell Sculptor Eggshell Carving Contest 2002. Hard to believe that she's a novice, isn't it?
Tom Beck created this beautiful cherry wood box. The intricate Celtic knot design is cut from walnut.
Jim Morton III made and woodburned this very attractive CD rack. Plans for building it are available through his website, dreambuiltdesigns.com
Holly Moore of Custom Leathercrafts made this wood and leather Irish whistle box as a gift for a friend.
Here's a close-up of the Celtic knot design tooled in the leather:
This bracelet was made by Oberon Design. They are the folks who make those beautiful leather bound journals and checkbook covers with Celtic knotwork on them. They are using the Celtic Knot Font to design some of their new products!
Pat Whittemore created this pretty knotwork stitchery. She teaches classes in the San Jose, California area on using Pfaff machine embroidery software.
The design for this embroidered Welsh lovespoon was created and stitched out by Dave Carter.
Anne Pyle of CeannMor.com digitized one of our sample knots to be stitched with an embroidery machine. It looks great with a monogram in the center!
This project was created by sculptor and woodworker Michael Macdonald. Michael made the box and then embellished it with a carved knot motif created with the Celtic Knot Font.
This lovely interlaced cross pendant was laser engraved in wood by Matt and Fin McNiel of True Reflections Laser Engraving.
All of the projects shown on this page were designed with the Celtic Knot Font!
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The following is the pattern created by just one key of the new Charted Celtic Knot Fonts:
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We will continue to add content to this page including photos of crafts made with the Celtic Knot Font and patterns for crafts that you can make! Submit photos of your project and we will include it here!
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A number of the quilters in the Celtic Appliqué Quilter's Group are using the font to design quilts. We can't wait to see pictures!
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