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Vancouver's first Maker Faire is happening June 25-26th, 2011 and I'll be there representing the Pacific Americas Branch of the International Knot Tyers Guild. I'll have a variety of make-and-take projects and will give the occasional rope making demo (participatory!) using (repurposing) plastic grocery bags (in the spirit of the event).

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horizontal plafondIn Chinese Knotting 3, two variations of the plafond knot are explored, the first is the horizontal plafond knot 横藻井結 (橫藻井结) [héng zǎo jǐng jié]. In this configuration, looking somewhat like a cross between the sauvastika and the plafond knot, I wondered what manipulations would work. The side loops, if too short would pull into the body of the knot and the whole thing would fall apart, but the top loop can't just pull in. With the top loop shortened, it looks like this:

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I have shown you how I developed and executed the idea of a double plafond knot. From my available information, this was an entirely novel thing. So I posted my new creation to the main knotting forums, the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) and the Knot Heads World Wide (KHWW) where a poster from China shared that the two heart plafond is definitely not a brand new idea.

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double plafond prototype first working model Remove the scaffold and "tada!!" it works. *happy dance*. The knot is front back symmetric and the sides of the frame are fortunately balanced. I like it.

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double plafond prototype tied on scaffold I started tying this knot on the scaffold and for some reason didn't have my bodkin. Slow and painful going. I got to the second pass through the top single plafond before I gave it up until I got home and could locate one of my many bodkins. Using a bodkin made it all so much easier.

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second layout trace through To everything there's a learning curve, eh? So this time I followed up the loop layout sketch with a path tracing. Looks much better this time. We have complete coverage, all the inputs and outputs are covered and the path is completed by one tracing. Time for string.

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double plafond prototype second loop layout So, here's my second loop layout thought. What do you think? Will this one work?

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failed layout sketch Now, I would like to say that I proceeded from my preliminary layout sketch to a path sketch, decided that it wouldn't work and then carried on to the next layout. But as you can tell from the title of this entry as well as the ordering of the posts, that's not what happened.

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plafond and sauvastika scaffold Preparing to tie my proposed double plafond knot, I created a scaffold by tying a regular plafond and then tying a sauvastika knot in sequence.

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