plafond

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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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.

an expanded single plafond knot Taking a single plafond knot I started manipulating it to see where the spaces in it for alteration were. First pull out the side loops. This makes it more clear the macrame style square knot heritage of the plafond.

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woven bao knotsLately I've been working on many different things and for some reason not finishing any of them. *sigh*

So, I've scanned step by step instructions for the double coin knot, creeper knot, cross knot, plafond knot, 2 methods for tying the sauvastika knot, and also the square or flat knot.

You'll notice that most of the links above are what is clearly work in progress and sort of look broken. This is my way. Someday they'll be proper completed pages. Why wait to link? 8)

Today's blog is brought to you by the letter 'N'orange letter n tied with plafond and sauvastika knots Moving through the rainbow in a predictable Western sort of way (almost google-ish? 8) the letter 'N' is orange. I wanted each knot to be from a different knot family as well, and for the nicely straight parts of the 'N', the plafond seemed like a good choice. For the corners, something with more built in flexibility would be needed. When I look at the centre of the plafond knot, what I see is the centre of the sauvastika knot. Perhaps this follows logically from the fact that both are built out of interlinked simple overhand knots, but maybe not.