The Book of Ink Circles (also known as BoInk)

I’m so happy to share with you this exciting mystery project. I hope you find many uses for the bits and pieces that will be doled out over the next year.  When put together, the parts form a fabulous Celtic masterpiece.

This layout style is called a carpet page, and is found in the old illuminated Celtic manuscripts. Traditionally, these pages were entirely devoted to various ornamentations and introduced a text section of the book. They were hand-drawn on vellum (parchment-looking stuff) then painted in bright jewel colors (often with real gem powder in the paint).  You can pick whatever threads and linen suit your tastes.  Don’t be afraid to try some metallic threads on this. For example, the gold frames would look smashing in gold!

I’m providing below the final stitch count and floss amounts used below. Don’t feel obligated to stitch the entire frame first. I just want you to have a feel for the piece and an understanding of how the little pieces will go together. If you do stitch it all at once, PLEASE count carefully!!!!

Stitch Count: 177 wide by 227 high

Finished design size on 14/28 count: 12 5/8” x 16 1/8”
(cut fabric 6 to 8” larger each way to allow room for matting/framing)

This design uses FULL Stitches only (suitable for aida and over 1), although some stitchers are choosing to use satin stitch and couching for some fabulous looks.

 

BoInk so far

Download the chart portions:

Floss Color

Stitches Total

Yards (of 6-ply floss at 2 strand/14 ct)

Yellow/Gold

3578

15

Black

6332

26

Red

2597

11

Violet

871

4

Green

4220

18

Orange

2015

9

Light Blue

1934

8

Dark Blue 2410 10