basics

square flower knot tied in white and black shoelace While the flower knot, when considered as a polygonal knot, is a family unto itself with many (many!) variations starting with the number of petals (ears) and the ways that the structural loops interlace, the basic square flower knot is also the basic unit of the mystic knot (see right

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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illustration showing the terms for various cord formations Interrupting our ongoing discourse on good luck knots, I'm going back to basics with an illustration of terms used to describe various cord parts and configurations.

In this definition I have tried to be as formal and precise as possible. Alas that I can't really maintain that level of precision in the rest of my writings. In particular I use "loop" altogether too often...

Standing End, Fixed End, or Bitter End
the end of the cord that receives the least amount of manipulation, perhaps it is heavily embellished or perhaps it is fixed to something.
Working End, Running End, or Live End
the end of the cord that is actively involved in making the knot or interlacing
Standing Part
part of the cord between the knot and the standing end
Working Part
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