Triquetra Claddagh Pattern

Claddagh Stained Glass Pattern © David Kennedy.

It wont be long now until Saint Patrick’s Day is upon us once again. Last year unfortunately marked the beginning of the pandemic and this year all the celebrations will be virtual once again. We can only hold out hope for future years at the moment. I have created quite a few “Claddagh” designs over the years as commissions and have finally got around to creating this pattern.
Made up of 215 pieces and measuring 540 mm square the pattern also has a circular option for a hanging pendant if required. A heart of love, a crown of loyalty and hands of friendship are depicted intertwined with shamrock and Triquetra knots.

Triquetra Claddagh

A Brief History

Originating from a small fishing village of the same name in County Galway Ireland the “Claddagh” has gone on to become one of Ireland’s most recognized international symbols. There are many myths and legends surrounding the origins of the first ring which date back to circa 1700. Richard Joyce, a local silversmith is said to have created the design as we know it today.
While “Claddagh” rings can be given as a friendship token they are more commonly used as engagement and wedding rings. Having said that there are many modern interpretations of how the ring is actually worn, revealing the wearers relationship status :

  1. On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips: the wearer is single and might be looking for love
  2. On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist: the wearer is in a relationship; someone “has captured their heart
  3. On the left ring finger with the point of the heart toward the fingertips: the wearer is engaged.
  4. On the left ring finger with the point of the heart toward the wrist: the wearer is married.

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Stained glass Pattern Information

A 540 mm ( approx 21.25 inches) square pattern with a circular option and border pieces if required.
A downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 21.25 inches x 21.25 inches, ( 540 mm x 540 mm ) across six pages. Instructions are included for enlarging pattern to your required size when printing. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern. This can be downloaded free at

The PDF file you will download consists of :

Page 1. A full color illustration and description of the original pattern.

Page 2. Information and contents.

Page 3.Color key and glass codes ( including manufacturers )

Page 4. Printing instructions and options.

Page 5. Full size pattern 21.25 x 21.25 inches.

Where possible I have included the manufacturers and catalog codes for glass images I used in the illustration although this is only a guide and not a requirement.
Please feel free to include the glass of your choice and let your imagination run wild.


Copyright information

This Triquetra Claddagh Stained Glass Pattern was designed by David Kennedy of
(© David Kennedy Designs) copyright 2021. All rights reserved. It is illegal to distribute this stained glass pattern electronically or in hard copy without written permission from David Kennedy. This stained glass pattern is for personal use only, permission is granted for limited use of this stained glass pattern for projects to sell at local crafts shops or to raise funds at charity auctions. Pictures of finished projects are allowed to be posted online as long as a credit is given to David Kennedy Designs for the pattern.
Please do not post or distribute this stained glass pattern on other websites.

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Round Apple Blossom

Staying with the ” Tiny Tiffany ” theme this time I have gone for an Apple Blossom design, the background glass here is a Uroboros fracture glass code 10-55 Cobalt Blue, White and Green, this panel can be hung in a window or placed in a stand as shown here, The original panel size is 12 inches, ( 305 mm ) diameter.. The stand can be purchased here  The pattern for this piece can be purchased in the pattern store as a PDF file   Original panel size is 12 inches, this can be scaled up using the printing instructions included in the PDF download.

474mm Clematis

I am now starting to foil the pieces, I do this by removing them one at a time and then replacing them as I proceed. I find this method works very well as you are able to make minor adjustments as you work across the panel. Here is the panel with all of the foiling complete and I will now proceed with the first soldering, once this has been completed the template can be removed and the first solder can be repeated on the reverse side it is important to be very careful with the panel during these stages. First soldering completed on both sides and the perimeter lead added, you can see the two pieces of black tape securing it to the panel until it is soldered into place.The final bead solder can now be added to finish the panel. Bead soldering completed and patina added and you can clearly see the difference the bead solder makes to the panel, gives it a nice finish.

474 mm Clematis

One is never sure how a color scheme is going to pan out so I have started this panel by cutting a flower, some background and leaves.I have tried different colored centers for the flowers and have settled on Youghiogheny ” Laburnum ” glass. I may yet change these as the panel develops.  I have added more of the background glass now which is Youghiogheny stipple glass, code NO 57 ” Neodymium Pink with Peach Gold & Bubblegum “.  More background and more flowers and leaves now, flower glass is Youghiogheny code N367 ” Neodymium Pink, Dark Purple and Blue”. Leaves are also Youghiogheny code 1431 ” Lime and Emerald Green “ I have taken the background glass down the left hand side of the panel here and am thinking of introducing some fracture and streamer glass on the right hand side, and also some water effect along the bottom of the panel.

Owl in the Moonlight GPQ

This panel is featured as a full size pattern in the latest issue of Glass Patterns Quarterly along with a step by step tutorial, we are very proud to be able to contribute patterns to this excellent publication, here is the link should you wish to purchase.

Owl in the Moonlight

GPQ Winter 2016 GPQ Winter 2016

© David Kennedy 2016

Moody Iris stained glass pattern.

Moody Irises
Moody Irises

Irises must have been created for stained glass, they just work so well together. This panel was created in about 40 hours using Youghiogheny stipple glass.The full size pattern for this panel is now available as a digital download in the Pattern Store

Clematis stained glass pattern

Blue Clematis
Blue Clematis


We are delighted to be able to offer this design for sale as a full size pattern 38.25 inches x 18.75 inches, ( 972mm x 476mm ) and is available on Etsy It is in PDF form and can be printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.