mystic

the pan chang knot

2x2 mystic knot in black and white with grey shoelaces So, if I already have a mat knot and a polygonal knot then do we need a mystic knot?

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the Japanese chrysanthemum knotthe good luck knot The good luck knot (吉祥結), a name coined by Lydia Chen who wrote the seminal book Chinese Knotting in both Chinese and English, is based on the crown knot. Usually the crown knot is tied in sequence to create a sinnet, a braid composed of knots. The best static (not animated) instructions I have found on the net for the crown sinnets are by The Boondoggle Man who, unfortunately, calls them the square stitch and the circle stitch.

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/

Things to see and do

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3x3 mystic tied in copper wire preformed into hairpin shapes bao knot hairpinWhile I still was without my needle tool, I considered ways to pull the wire through the already formed part of the knot with minimal di

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3 flower tied in copper wire 2x2 mystic knot tied in copper wire Tying knots in wire is a lot like tying knots in cord in higher gauges. That is to say when the wire is thin, it handles somewhat like cord.

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mystic charm I've been obsessing about wire for a while now. If you tie your knots in wire you could make all sorts of interesting and unique findings like a chandelier/filigree finding or a stone/bead setting. This mystic charm was tied in 24ga copper wire. I first made a template with 1mm cord and ran the wire through as if I were adding a sideline embellishment thread.

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