Monday, January 28, 2013

Calligraphy Every Day 24: Stained Glass Gothic

Stained Glass Gothic can help you whenever you have to make letters by putting together pieces of something real, like tile, paper scraps, see-through acetate, quilt pieces, or stained glass.  It's just simple Gothic, separated into strokes. 
Ignore the grey tone of the ink.  Technical problems with the scanner! 


  1. Wow! I love this. I'm an avid knitter, and find myself wondering how to interpret this in knitting. I love your suggestion to do it with quilting!

  2. I don't know if the tops would get too jagged. Try plotting it on knit stitch paper. I used to be an avid knitter but it's too much like little rows of letters. Someday I'll go back to it. Now that I know there's a knitter out there I'll look for knit letters and add them on my Pinterest board. Can I see your knit designs anywhere?

  3. I wonder if it would work with cables. I'm not yet up on how to do them really well, but in looking at these, I'm wondering if some of Alice Starmore's approach to cables might apply here; one would have to decide where the crosses are. Hmm. That will warrant some more experimentation.

    I'm so flattered you asked about my knitting designs! Thank you! I'm a novelist and knitter; my blog Knoontime Knitting is about my experimentations into 3-D art (not just knitting but all sorts of stuff). I owe it some posts this month (time, wherefore art thou!?), but I do post updates more regularly on my associated Facebook page. I haven't experimented much with Pinterest, as I only joined a few weeks ago, but I'll definitely check out your boards.

    I love illuminated manuscripts and find the images compelling. I've seen a couple different Gutenbergs, and got to see a rare bible at a local meeting here in Chicago of a writer's group, though I don't think it was a Gutenberg. I'm trying to remember what it was. It was done on a press, and had some hand lettering with it, but that's all I remember at the moment. I'm also fascinated by Chinese brush calligraphy, though I find my hand is too rigid to get the hang of the brush (though it warrants another try, as that was many years ago before I learned to let myself be a beginner). I saw your world alphabets book and am excited to buy it and see what that's about; the teaser on your site is tantalizing.

    I hope you're having a wonderful week and look forward to reading your upcoming posts. (And to browsing your "back issues".) Question - do you ever do workshops or classes in the midwest, particularly the Chicago area?