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Take Chinese knotting classes from the Palos Verdes Library District (Rolling Hills Estates, CA) on January 30, 2009
http://www.pvld.mobi/kids/?p=420

See a Chinese knot demo at “Chinese Family Art Sunday” at the Emerald Art Center, 500 Main St., Springfield (?), OR
http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/5577783-35/story.csp

Learn Chinese knotting from the Chinatown Cultural Center in Shanghai
http://www.chinatown-cn.com/0-english/zgc-xmty.htm (via)

Chinese knotting demos at the Bangsar village, Kuala Lumpur, Malasia until Jan 24, 2009.
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2009/1/9/central/2974557&sec...

More about the Museum of Fine Art, Houston (Texas) Korean art exhibit that I mentioned last week.
http://www.huliq.com/4255/the-museum-of-fine-arts-and-national-museum-of...

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I love the International Woman of Mystery (IWOM). She teaches, she shares freely, she buys extra supplies so that she can help those who don't know where to get them themselves.

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6 sided good luck knot I started thinking about this year's ornament sometime around November. Of course, if I wanted to make a seasonal kit to sell, I should start the process in the summer and be done some time in September or there'bouts. In any case, I was having my usual thoughts about stars and snowflakes and after a few prototypes decided to go with snowflakes.

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6 pointed stellar knot in blue and white I was reviewing my previous post and noticing how rounded the 6 pointed stellar knot looked when I remembered it being way more angular. Looking at the actual knot revealed that there is a mild sidedness to the stellar knot.

6 pointed stellar knot in blue and white tightened One side appears more rounded than the other. I tried tightening the knot more firmly, but the curve is still there.

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There I was thinking disgruntled thoughts about this other site where I couldn't find any "About Us" type information. "Always tell people who you are, fool!" I thought, "It's one of the first web rules along with 'Always tell readers where they are, don't expect them to know.'" But then I realized I hadn't made an "About Us" page for this site. Since I was starting from personal thoughts and starting by telling, effectively, my knotty friends who presumably (assuming, bad!) know who I am... Well, enough self-justification, time to fix the problem.

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5 point stellar knot in blue and grey5 point stellar knot in red and gold I'm trying to start a new tradition/product line. So far I've almost carried through the tradition, but nothing on the product line front. What I'd like to be doing is designing a new festive tree ornament kit each year. If you look over at the shop site you'll notice a distinct lack of ornament kits. It's all in the timing and that, since I am the Queen of Procrastination, does not work in my favour.

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3 petaled flower tied in copper wire5 petaled flower tied in copper wire Since I can pretty much tie flower knots in my sleep, plus their interlacement points are

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3 good luck knot rendered in copper wire4 good luck knot rendered in copper wire Documenting this backwards: the first knot I tried because of the simplicity of the structure and easy construction was the good luck knot. Significant amounts of twisted wire cluttered my work area until I decided to try tied knot templates. Simple folded shapes, each one the same, fit together to form the knot. A little fiddling with the ends to make sure the pieces don't pop back out completes the knots.

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3x3 mystic knot pendant tied in copper wire3x3 mystic knot tied in copper wire I have these visions of graceful scrolls and curls, but things never seem to turn out that way. What I should be doing, of course, is cut the wire much longer and not be so concerned about waste (does anyone recycle/re-smelt copper bits like they do silver?) then this piece won't be too short and that one too long and the whole design not gel.

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Pictures
Some wacky artisan (interior design firm??) from the Netherlands is taking spongy looking "cords" and knitting them, they also tie really big knots... just follow the link and look! 8) [via]
http://baukeknottnerus.nl/

Some knotted wallhangings from a cultural website.
http://traditions.cultural-china.com/en/16T1961T4661.html

From the same site comes another set of pictures (note, they translated the button knot as the buckle knot. That confused me for a while...)
http://traditions.cultural-china.com/en/15Traditions335.html

Interesting jewelry. Some knotted, some just evoking knots.
http://cruststation.wordpress.com/2008/12/29/knotted/

Picture of a sizable mystic knot accompanies a blog with numerous links to knotting how-to videos.
http://salamanderart.wordpress.com/2008/12/28/chinese-knot-tying/

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