The following images show the stages gone through in order to produce the final cut-out pattern seen at the end of this post. The steps in creating this classic 8-fold rosette tiling were set by Richard Henry in the Saturday workshop.
I completed this partly in the class itself following a worksheet he provided and then finished it off at home. I’m not even quite sure if I tiled the final stages correctly but I have to admit I am quite pleased with how it turned out 🙂
First few stages is getting the overall block shape of the Khattam down (two slightly rotated squares - one atop the other)
Using the shapes produced within the larger tile walls we found where the octagonal shape is formed, and then the 8-fold rosette within this (dashed lines)
At home I continued by re-producing the rosette in four other squares by tracing the orginal one to retain accuracy
Each stage was done on a new sheet of tracing paper as I like to preserve the stages. This also helps me to remember how I got from one stagee to another if I need to recreate it.
I then created thicker edges by adding two lines on the outer and inner sides of all existing lines that form the rosette petals. This adds a thick border to allow for a weave effect
Using another sheet of tracing paper I went over only the outer and inner lines but weaving each under and over the intersecting lines.
Detail of weave effect - was a bit tricky at some points but I really enjoyed figuring it out
I photocopied the final pattern and cut it out to create a stencil. This is the photocopied cut-out against a black background
I then used the stencil to draw and cut out a black sheet filled completely with the pattern
And this is the final black cut-out of the full pattern repeat. Can you see the cube that is formed in the centre?
A very busy few days but worth the effort.