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Celtic Knots Fill

This tutorial explains how to fill empty area with Celtic Knots fill pattern, and how to create short Celtic Knots texts and cliparts in Font Engine and Cross Stitch plug-ins. It is also possible to fill color areas of converted background image.

Note: See also Double-click to Fill Empty Area in Editor, Quilt Fill, Fractal Fill, Redwork Fill and Surprise Me! - Create a new design with only a few clicks.

1 - Run Embird and click "Editor" menu to switch to Editor window.

2 - Open some design using "File > Open" menu, for example open free design "squirrel".

3 - Double click an empty area to fill it with stitches (Picture No. 1).

1. Double click an empty area to fill it with stitches

Double click an empty area to fill it with stitches

4 - Select the "Celtic Knots" type of filling (Picture No. 2).

2. Select Celtic Knots fill type

Select Celtic Knots fill type

5 - A dialog with "Celtic Knots" fill settings will appear (Picture No. 3). Select type (curved or angular), change parameters and click "OK" button to fill clicked empty area.

3. Celtic Knots fill settings

Celtic Knots fill settings

Celtic Knots Settings

There are various parameters available, allowing you to create a lot of combinations:

Offset - Specify the offset from outside boundary (i.e. offset from hoop edges in this example) which is not filled.

Bounce - Specify the bounce from cavities (i.e. offset from "squirrel" in this example, because this is cavity in filled area).

Distance - Specify the distance between two cells in Celtic Knots pattern.

Width - Specify the relative width of knots.

Markers - Specify the way of finishing knots at each side. Switching OFF might be used for making endless (continuos) pattern.

slider among Markers - The more you scroll it to the right side the more knotty is the fill pattern.

Stitch Length - Specify the stitch length.

Layers - Specify the layers (strands of thread) for stitching.

Check pictures below showing various settings:

4. Celtic Knots fill pattern, the slider is in the middle - more knotty

Celtic Knots fill pattern, the slider is in the middle - more knotty

5. Celtic Knots fill pattern, the slider is at left side - less knotty

Celtic Knots fill pattern, the slider is at left side - less knotty

6. Celtic Knots fill pattern, left and right markers are OFF

Celtic Knots fill pattern, left and right markers are OFF

Insert Celtic Knots Text

6 - Select "Insert > Celtic Knots Text" menu to create short text based on Celtic Knots algorithm into Editor. (Picture No. 7).

7. Select "Insert > Celtic Knots Text" menu

Select "Insert > Celtic Knots Text" menu

7 - A dialog "Insert Celtic Knots Text" will appear (Picture No. 8). Specify the text, choose the font and its properties (bold, italic, underlined, negative, circle negative). It is possible to insert the design as monotone, or 2 colors with prescribed color ratio (3 in Picture No. 8). Modify knots settings (type, distance, width, etc.). Switch ON the Dense setting to obtain double-density knots. Watch the estimated size of pattern being inserted (2 in Picture No. 8).

8. Insert Celtic Knots Text dialog

Insert Celtic Knots Text dialog

9. Short text from Celtic Knots

Short text from Celtic Knots

Create Celtic Knots design with Font Engine

8 - It is possible to create a new Celtic Knots design from TrueType or OpenType font. Select "Insert > Font Engine Text" menu (Picture No. 10).

Note: This feature requires registration of Font Engine Plug-in

10. Select "Insert > Font Engine Text" menu

Select "Insert > Font Engine Text" menu

9 - Select some font, e.g. "Webdings" and double click some character (clipart) to add it to Text (2 in Picture No. 11). Click "Insert as Celtic Knots (2 colors)" button (3 in Picture No. 11).

11. Choose font, specify text and click "arrow" button

Choose font, specify text and click "arrow" button

10 - A dialog "Insert Celtic Knots Text from Font Engine" will appear (Picture No. 12). Specify the font size and modify also other font properties (bold, italic, underlined, negative, circle negative). It is possible to insert the design as monotone, or 2 colors with prescribtion of color ratio (4 in Picture No. 12). Modify knots settings (type, distance, width, etc.). Switch ON the Dense setting to obtain double-density knots. Watch the estimated size of pattern being inserted (3 in Picture No. 12).

12. Insert Celtic Knots Text from Font Engine dialog

Insert Celtic Knots Text from Font Engine dialog

13. Clipart from Font Engine processed as Celtic Knots design

Clipart from Font Engine processed as Celtic Knots design

Create Celtic Knots design in Cross Stitch

11 - It is possible to create a new Celtic Knots design in Cross Stitch plug-in. Select "Insert > Cross Stitch Design" menu to launch this plug-in and create some pattern there (Picture No. 14).

Note: This feature requires registration of Cross Stitch Plug-in

14. Cross Stitch design

Cross Stitch design

12 - Select "File > Compile and Put into Embird Editor" menu. A dialog box allowing to specify the parameters of compilation will appear (Picture No. 15). Watch the estimated size of pattern being inserted (2 in Picture No. 15).

15. Insert as Crosses or as Celtic Knots design dialog bog

Insert as Crosses or as Celtic Knots design dialog bog

16. Design from Cross Stitch compiled with Celtic Knots algorithm

Design from Cross Stitch compiled with Celtic Knots algorithm

Image Converted to Stitches

13 - It is possible to convert color areas in background image to stitches and fill them with Celtic Knots pattern (Picture No. 17).

Note: See also Surprise Me! - Create a new design with only a few clicks.

17. Image converted to Celtic Knots (offset and bounce are 0 mm)

Image converted to Celtic Knots (offset and bounce are 0 mm)

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