tatted pendant image How To's
Instructions for needle tatting a flower pendant.

and while we're on the topic of tatting, have a look at some rocks decorated with tatting...

The guild has started a tutorial forum and populated it with a knotted plate frame and a pineapple knot.

Things to buy
A knotted (button and cross knots and a pendant) necklace.

Knotty Folklore

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With those nice hexagonal beads, I wanted to frame them with a hexagonal knot. It didn't need to be particularly stable as I'd be reinforcing the central area with thread (and more beads), so likely I'd be taking a hexagonal knot and reduce the amount of overlapping an favour of a bigger centre hole, the better to display the framed bead rather than hide it. Looking through Lydia Chen's third book, I decided on the "Type 2 Compound Constellation Knot" which unlike your basic hexagonal stellar knot (which is uouu) has a structural loop path of uuouo. At this point I've tied it about 6-7 times and each time it looks... funny. As usual with a new polygonal knot, it's the last interlacing pass on the back side that's tricky.

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creeper knot in black, white and greyback of creeper knot in black, white and grey So here's the creeper knot. You'll notice the free ends extending to either side versus the usual free ends making up an ear of the knot. That's because the creeper is meant to wrap around an object, like the bow on a package. The description in the book makes me think that she maybe wanted "vine" versus "creeper" but...

So, having all my components, I started in on the illustrations:

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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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Trish Goodfield's andagumi braid I was contemplating starting a blog over at the Kumihimo Home Page for this stuff, but it's more effort to maintain more blogs and decorative braiding goes with decorative knotting like chocolate and ice cream, am I right? 8) 8) Plus in my mind's eye when I was thinking of newsletter sections years ago I thought: knotty thoughts (knots), twisted thoughts (twisted and spun cords), and braided thoughts (braiding, but then maybe I had a more risqué term that I can't think of right now. 8) In any case, I've put them in separate posts so one need not deal with the other if so desired.

A how to video for (?) 8 strand kongo (?) in German on a foam loom.

Someone at the Dexter Senior Center in Michigan is teaching kumihimo.

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stellar flares tying themselves into knots Things to see and do
The Capital Museum in Beijing has 12 workshops every week, from Tuesday to Saturday, both in the morning and afternoon. Are the workshops just for local kids? Are they just for around New Years? Unknown at this time, but one of the things you can do is to learnj how to "knitting Chinese knots," among other Chinese handcrafts.

Hmm, over in Toronto at BeadFX they've imported someone from Mexico to teach Chinese knotting. What's up with that? (via)