prototyping

initial sketch I had my frame around 2 diamond centres, but I wanted the side structures to be balanced. Here's a first sketch (sans-frame) with some cord paths. You can see that even by the bottom of the sketch I was giving up the idea that (1) my sketched paths were accurate or (2) that the sketched paths were useful.

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plafond plus sauvastika So, I tied a sauvastika knot under the centre of the plafond knot while interlacing the side ears around the plafond frame, and then put the incoming and outgoing cords back through top and bottom frame

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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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double plafond prototype alternating simple knots Just to see what would happen, next I tied the fourth simple knot in a alternate orientation (right over left vs left over right) squaring things up to see that would happen. Yep, not much, again.

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double plafond prototype with more simple knots So, I was writing up the preamble to my instructions for the plafond knot and was thinking about how one might logically expand this knot. It has no ears and the usual construction methods are resolutely square, so the idea of making something not quadrilateral based seemed unlikely (although just typing that has given me a little bit of an idea... 8). But the idea still seemed worth pursuing. I knew that Lydia Chen had come up with 2 variations, but I had something else in mind.

So, fully expecting nothing much, I continued the usual plafond construction method and tied 2 extra simple knots before bringing the free ends up and then back down through the middle of the knot. Yep, nothing much.

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