Author: Sidney_Eileen, Contributing Editor
|I think it bears mentioning that as I created the design, I was continually moving the lines slightly to enhance the curves.
It is customary for me to create chord fragments and join them later, so often the curve of the fragments does not match the final joint. These locations must be modified slightly so that the curves are smooth.
If you look closely at this final sketch, you will see that there are portions of the chords that still do not have a smooth flow to them. Some of these I will correct when finalizing the weave, and others I will fix on the lightbox. I strongly recommend that until you are completely comfortable with knotwork, you fix all of the curves in pencil before proceeding to inking.
|This is a small portion of the design with the weave worked in the pencil.
In a two-chord weave, the centerline is completely continuous. It has NO BREAKS.
Even though these continuous chords are guaranteed to have integrity, it is easy to make mistakes on the lightbox. I strongly recommend erasing the unnecessary lines and resolving the weave in pencil before inking so there is no guesswork once you cannot erase your mistakes.
I made one unnecessary crossing line when inking this design, which is visible on the final, inked piece.
|These illustrations show how most of the lines were moved in the final inking. The red is the final sketch, and the black is the final inking.|