decorative Asian knotting

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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black, white, and grey hexagonal flower To better illustrate the midpoint I redid this knot with one of my fused cords. These cords that I often use to tie example knots are actually shoelaces, sold locally as "oval shoelaces". They look like president's cord with the edge parts in a contrasting colour.

double coin in white cord outlined in blackdouble coin in white cord sidelined in black Since the double coin didn't like being tied in president's cord it seemed best to use regular satin cord and, for colour contrast, outline in black.

version 1 of a knot anatomy illustration So, I was thinking about making a knot anatomy illustration to follow up on the cord anatomy (to be followed sometime in the future with a tassel anatomy illustration). I certainly needed at least a polygonal knot of some kind and then a mat knot, maybe Lydia Chen's creeper knot as well.

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What with all the good luck knot stuff I've been doing, it's time to fix up the main page and do a how-to or 2 or... But that sort of thing takes time. All the first round of pictures are scanned and need to be processed, text added, etc. See the files as they are worked on. When the pages are complete, they will replace the directory listings. This is a peek under the hood.

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nonagonal (9 sided) good luck knot Last but not least is the nonagonal good luck knot. More accurately Greek vs Latin, the term enneagonon is more "correct", but nonagon is the more popular and commonly used term. Plus there's this whole ennegram/enneagram personality thing to confuse matters. Best to stick with nonagon, am I right?!? 8)

heptagonal (7 sided) good luck knot Behold the Heptagonal good luck knot. An alternate term for a seven sided figure is septagon, but in an effort to minimize confusion, let's stick with "heptagon".

pentagonal good luck knot As I was posting 3, 6, and 8 I felt a twinge of discomfort. Was it OCD? Anal retentiveness? Whatever it was, it is surely related to completism and the collector's instinct.

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octagonal good luck half rainbow knot More of the similar. 8) Octagonal (8 sided) good luck knot. Again, as is traditional in Chinese knots, for an octagonal knot, the structural loops are overlapped 3 times.

hexagonal good luck half rainbow knot The hexagonal (6-sided) good luck knot. The same knot as my 2008 Xmas ornament.

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