grey hexagonal stellar knot with little beadsback of grey hexagonal stellar knot with little beads The "back" side (see right) is the first side I worked on.

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3 into 4 flower knot representing a 3 leaf clover4 into 5 flower knot representing a 4 leaf clover Let me start with a story. Almost 50 years ago when my mother first arrived in Canada, she was shopping at the grocery store when she was approached by a shop employee. He said that she had been randomly selected to win a year's worth of groceries if she would answer a simple skill testing question: when is St. Patrick's day? Well, mom being pretty fresh "off the boat" had no clue and therefore didn't win the prize. I'd have thought the event would have burned the date into her brain (she certainly tells the story regularly) but when I asked her about it the other day, she still had no clues when St. Patrick's day was. Oh well.

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the hexagonal stellar knot, overlap 1, with the centre bead in place Here's a progress shot of black version with the centre bead in place. Pretty, no? 8)

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stainless steel tableware with overhand knots tied in them Articles
A series of articles (in English at the link) published in a Spanish art magazine by a German writer (?). The topics range from quipus to computer generated but physical Gordian knots.
http://myvisit.to/franz-ost/langswitch_lang/en

Events
During their annual spring sale which was March 12-15, 2009, Knit Purl in Portland, OR was giving free mini-workshops. One of which was "Chinese Knot". Was it a knitting stitch called "Chinese Knot" or was it, y'know, actual Chinese knotting? Any Portland resident/visitors actually know?
http://blog.oregonlive.com/knitting/2009/03/impending_portlandarea_knitt...

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A father and daughter braiding together on cards Things to see
Seminal kumihimo author, Catherine Martin, who these days braids with gold and platinum wire studded with diamonds, is one of the featured artists at The Goldsmith's Company's Summer Exhibition, Creation II. The show is at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London, England running from Friday May 29 to Saturday July 11, 2009. Admission is free.
http://www.responsesource.com/releases/rel_display.php?relid=46248

Here's a small profile of Catherine with some pictures of her work.
http://www.scottish-gallery.co.uk/pages/artistIntro.aspx?artistID=96

Blogs
An 8 strand braid in perle cotton made on disk.
http://nossubgallery.blogspot.com/2009/03/kumihimo-madness.html

A weaver cannot resist the braiding kits at her local yarn shop.
http://dustbunniesundermyloom.blogspot.com/2009/03/big-bag-of-happy.html

Things to buy

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hexagonal stellar knot with overlap of one in blackhexagonal stellar knot with overlap of one in grey No way to tell if grey or black will go better with those hexagonal beads but to do

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button style 4 eared flower knot in grey satin cordback of button style 4 eared flower knot in grey satin cord Now, each cord you use will have different characterisics unique to that ty

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button style 4 eared flower knotback of button style 4 eared flower knot Another way to get nice ear loops all the way around your polygonal knot is to tie it button style (knobby thing that you could put through a button hole or button loop formed on top of a short stem). There are more flower-ish buttons to follow, but whether the transformation is extensible to the entire family of flower knots is a matter for further research. Now, the knot here (see left) is tied with some nice ear loops because I could, but in practice you probably want the ears tight against the body of the knot so that they don't catch and the cord doesn't wear out prematurely.

I've included a scan of the back side (see right) so you can clearly see where the ends are.

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