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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3 petaled flower tied in copper wire5 petaled flower tied in copper wire Since I can pretty much tie flower knots in my sleep, plus their interlacement points are

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3 good luck knot rendered in copper wire4 good luck knot rendered in copper wire Documenting this backwards: the first knot I tried because of the simplicity of the structure and easy construction was the good luck knot. Significant amounts of twisted wire cluttered my work area until I decided to try tied knot templates. Simple folded shapes, each one the same, fit together to form the knot. A little fiddling with the ends to make sure the pieces don't pop back out completes the knots.

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3x3 mystic knot pendant tied in copper wire3x3 mystic knot tied in copper wire I have these visions of graceful scrolls and curls, but things never seem to turn out that way. What I should be doing, of course, is cut the wire much longer and not be so concerned about waste (does anyone recycle/re-smelt copper bits like they do silver?) then this piece won't be too short and that one too long and the whole design not gel.

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Pictures
Some wacky artisan (interior design firm??) from the Netherlands is taking spongy looking "cords" and knitting them, they also tie really big knots... just follow the link and look! 8) [via]
http://baukeknottnerus.nl/

Some knotted wallhangings from a cultural website.
http://traditions.cultural-china.com/en/16T1961T4661.html

From the same site comes another set of pictures (note, they translated the button knot as the buckle knot. That confused me for a while...)
http://traditions.cultural-china.com/en/15Traditions335.html

Interesting jewelry. Some knotted, some just evoking knots.
http://cruststation.wordpress.com/2008/12/29/knotted/

Picture of a sizable mystic knot accompanies a blog with numerous links to knotting how-to videos.
http://salamanderart.wordpress.com/2008/12/28/chinese-knot-tying/

Things to see and do

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3x3 mystic tied in copper wire preformed into hairpin shapes bao knot hairpinWhile I still was without my needle tool, I considered ways to pull the wire through the already formed part of the knot with minimal di

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The Knot Heads have published an eZine and the author of the second article is yours truly. Originally titled "Gender and Chinese Knots, Historically" (because I was resisting calling it "Sex and Knots" or "Knotty Sex") it has been retitled a more generic "Chinese Knotting" although the contents have not changed, other than an editorial interjection, that I have noticed. I'll probably republish the article here a some point, but that shouldn't stop you from having a look now if you like. 8)

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3 flower tied in copper wire 2x2 mystic knot tied in copper wire Tying knots in wire is a lot like tying knots in cord in higher gauges. That is to say when the wire is thin, it handles somewhat like cord.

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mystic charm I've been obsessing about wire for a while now. If you tie your knots in wire you could make all sorts of interesting and unique findings like a chandelier/filigree finding or a stone/bead setting. This mystic charm was tied in 24ga copper wire. I first made a template with 1mm cord and ran the wire through as if I were adding a sideline embellishment thread.

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As the slogan says, I'm going to try to post something knotty every day. I know that the likelihood of failure is high, but that's what new year resolutions are all about, no? 8) Wish me luck and play nice in the comments, there'll be kids watching.

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