This is a piece intended to be a page on The Chinese Knotting Homepage that I wrote back in 2006, but never posted. Maybe I'll turn around and post it there right after I post it here. Maybe I'll wait a few more years. Who knows? 8)


One of the aspects of Chinese Knotting that I find most enjoyable is that it is so portable and requires few tools. This is not to say that there are no tools appropriate to the art or that there are no tools to make certain tasks easier (never fear, tool junkies!!), only that the basic kit is fairly small.

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project string One of the things I love about Chinese knotting is that it is so portable. Given some string and the skill of your hands you can make so many things. And so it is that I am most often tying knots while out and about (waiting for kids!) and not at home where my supplies, tools, and scanner are. This blog in particular is an experiment to see how well I can document what I've done with just the recording equipment I've usually got (phone camera).

This project uses 2mm white nylon satin cord with 1mm braided blue and silver craft cord.

calendar page You can get as fancy as you like with tools, but most often when a template is needed, I make one out of paper. Scrap paper usually. Some todo list, shopping list, pamphlet or even a receipt. Since process photos are much easier for other people to understand when it doesn't have my writing all over it, I'll use one of my favourite scrap paper sources: a daily calendar page.

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Things to see and do
Take Chinese knotting classes from the Palos Verdes Library District (Rolling Hills Estates, CA) on January 30, 2009
http://www.pvld.mobi/kids/?p=420

See a Chinese knot demo at “Chinese Family Art Sunday” at the Emerald Art Center, 500 Main St., Springfield (?), OR
http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/5577783-35/story.csp

Learn Chinese knotting from the Chinatown Cultural Center in Shanghai
http://www.chinatown-cn.com/0-english/zgc-xmty.htm (via)

Chinese knotting demos at the Bangsar village, Kuala Lumpur, Malasia until Jan 24, 2009.
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2009/1/9/central/2974557&sec...

More about the Museum of Fine Art, Houston (Texas) Korean art exhibit that I mentioned last week.
http://www.huliq.com/4255/the-museum-of-fine-arts-and-national-museum-of...

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I love the International Woman of Mystery (IWOM). She teaches, she shares freely, she buys extra supplies so that she can help those who don't know where to get them themselves.

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6 sided good luck knot I started thinking about this year's ornament sometime around November. Of course, if I wanted to make a seasonal kit to sell, I should start the process in the summer and be done some time in September or there'bouts. In any case, I was having my usual thoughts about stars and snowflakes and after a few prototypes decided to go with snowflakes.

I have to rant now.

6 pointed stellar knot in blue and white I was reviewing my previous post and noticing how rounded the 6 pointed stellar knot looked when I remembered it being way more angular. Looking at the actual knot revealed that there is a mild sidedness to the stellar knot.

6 pointed stellar knot in blue and white tightened One side appears more rounded than the other. I tried tightening the knot more firmly, but the curve is still there.

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There I was thinking disgruntled thoughts about this other site where I couldn't find any "About Us" type information. "Always tell people who you are, fool!" I thought, "It's one of the first web rules along with 'Always tell readers where they are, don't expect them to know.'" But then I realized I hadn't made an "About Us" page for this site. Since I was starting from personal thoughts and starting by telling, effectively, my knotty friends who presumably (assuming, bad!) know who I am... Well, enough self-justification, time to fix the problem.

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5 point stellar knot in blue and grey5 point stellar knot in red and gold I'm trying to start a new tradition/product line. So far I've almost carried through the tradition, but nothing on the product line front. What I'd like to be doing is designing a new festive tree ornament kit each year. If you look over at the shop site you'll notice a distinct lack of ornament kits. It's all in the timing and that, since I am the Queen of Procrastination, does not work in my favour.

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