Having recently visited the exhibition on MC Escher at the Modern Art Gallery in Edinburgh in July, I became intrigued by tessellating patterns. Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) produced some of the most fascinating, eye-fooling graphic art. Born in the Netherlands, Escher originally went to train as an architect or craftsman, before transferring to studying graphic art. Over the course of his career, he produced an amazing range of memorable art, demonstrating his outstanding technical skills to create woodcuts, linocuts, wood engravings, scratch drawings and lithographs.
After a trip to the Callanish Standing Stones on Lewis, I decided to try and create a repeating pattern based on the tall monolithic shapes of the Stones, taking inspiration from the grey colour scheme of the metamorphic gneiss rock.
After completing a sketch of a Standing Stone, I drew out a very simple tessellating pattern on graph paper, then transferred it to onto knitting paper. Consideration was needed for the 24-stitch width repeat and the 60-row length of the punchcard.
Once punched out with my eBay-purchased Brother punchtool, the card was used on my vintage Knitmaster to make the fabric for my limited edition Tessellating Callanish Standing Stones bags. Finally, the bags were lined with a pale green linen from Scottish Linen in Kirkcaldy, Fife.