the pattern on spider's back
New to this--I've only had book for three days--and I'm enchanted and befuddled. Feeling really Stoopit! Like a lot of you I've been trying to make a 5X5 grid somehow using the colors in the celtic knot border on pp. 20-21. One thing I've noticed about the celtic knot border--the pattern in the middle of the knot consists of 5 little squares or diamonds, and that's pretty much the same as the pattern on the back of the brown Spider in the color illustrations in the book. On Spider's back it's five blank little squares in the middle, just like like in the celtic knot pattern. The squares are empty of color, as if hinting they could be colored in. It also is significant (I guess) that the Spiders in the celtic knot have red backs, like red is a key. Not sure how it all fits in, but I've just now noticed the similarity to Spider's 5-square back markings, and I'm wondering if anyone else has posted on this.
Otherwise I'm completely befuddled on how to get a 5x5 grid out of the colors on the celtic knot border! I'm completely in awe of the genius of some you, and epecially of Mr. Stadther!
very interesting observation about the knots matching the spider's back. I too thought that red would be the key but there are more than 5 red combinations within the knots. Of course I was using the whole knot. Maybe if we leave off the ends to make it match the spider's back then we would get a 5x5 code. Nice work.
There are 5 colors, ignoring the background (orange) color. That gives you 5x5 lookup. The text refers to not knowing with of the spiders "eyes" to look at, and then spider rolls his eyes skyward, sound like a clue on how to read those patterns (maybe you actually ignore some of the holes).
I was noticing when you close the book, the color touch each other, I was wondering if that was a way to get the pair coordinates, anyone?