Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cable knit and the mosaic guilloche pattern

I love the cable stitch. I think most people love it. Intricate, gives a wonderful texture on your knitwear, adding a polished and sophisticated note. Difficult to make of course.

As for the guilloche pattern you will see it everywhere in ancient mosaics. It acts as a border to emblemas and other figurative work and it highlights the entire mosaic because it is a powerful pattern considering not just the design but the blend and contrast of the colours used.

I have to confess I love knitting. Not more than mosaic of course. My heart beats for mosaic art more than ever at the moment but it is all a matter of SPACE and TIME. Until I figure these two aspects out, I am knitting some stuff. The great thing about knitting is that it does not require a workshop and special space-working conditions and the time scale is a whole different scenario. I knitted a scarf in 4 days. A mosaic needs a lot more time to be produced. Space-wise? The perfect place is the couch. With mosaic that is out of the question.

If you want to learn how to knit I suggest you go and see the video tutorials by Wool and the Gang and by Judy on Youtube. Also the dummies crafts guide is really good. I have links of everything on the right column of this blog.

The mosaics illustrated here are via the joy of shards where you can learn how to design the guilloche pattern as well as discovering more on mosaics and techinques. Go and see for yourself. They also have a fabulous gallery on ancient mosaics.


  1. I love the comparisons you draw between architectural design and fashion.. I think people forget how inter-connected the two are! Great post, very informative..


  2. love the links. cable/guilloche is a very old motif as you know, packed with history/folklore and culture....think that is why I am so attracted to vintage Aran sweaters.

  3. Μα...είναι ίδιες οι κοτσίδες!!

  4. Eίναι ωραίος ο τρόπος που μπορείς και συνδιάζεις τις μεγάλες σου αγάπες ( Ψηφιδωτά , μόδα και μπλέξιμο ) είναι πραγματικά υπέροχο να κάνεις αυτό που σου αρέσει στην ζωή , σε θαυμάζω και σου εύχομαι καλή συνέχεια !!!

  5. I am so glad you liked it.

    Art Trav> ευχαριστώ για τις ευχές σου, τι να πω, έχουν σημασία για μένα και το ανταποδίδω.

    Mairi, Ξέρεις να τις φτιάχνεις, αν ναι πες μου!

    Leah, very pleased with your comment.
    Fabr.F. I will take a look at those sweaters and thanks a lot for joining.


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