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Carol James went to Korea for a couple of weeks and took an intensive course on maedup (매듭) at Dong Lim Knot Museum. Luckily for us, to help herself remember, she's posted a number of videos to her YouTube channel.

She begins with the double connection (two strand Matthew Walker, 도래매듭, dorae maedup, machine translation: advent):

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It should not surprise you that there is a Chinese knotting television show in China (I could be wrong, these could be an instructional DVD set or a web series. Does it matter?) and someone has digitized clips for a youTube-ish website, Videopedia World.

Here's the link to the "channel": 中国结艺大全

The show is called 中国结艺大全.
Chinese knot (simplified): 中国结
art: 艺
big: 大
full/complete/entire: 全
these characters together: 大全 Google translates as "Guinness" which I find very unhelpful.

In any case, I'm calling it as "The Complete Art of Chinese Knotting".

The production values are very good here, and the host speaks wonderfully clear Mandarin.

The uploaded segments are half an hour (more or less) and cover a range of related knots and projects.

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South Korean ssamzisarang has been posting videos about Korean culture. They look somewhat like short segments from TV (interstitials?), but original or not, the video compression was dialed way up, at least on the good luck (chrysanthemum) knot video. The soundtracks on the videos are kinda distracting which makes me think that they are not professional productions, but I could easily be wrong.

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I've discovered the youTube channel of a 60 year old person (int301) in Taiwan which consists entirely of Chinese knotting instructions. The videos are silent, so the only language issue is the titles of the videos themselves. That's where I can help a bit. 8) The following translations are not formal with canonical knot names, they're just off the cuff notes I took for myself when I was looking at the videos

Looking at the full title of a video, the first one looks like this:
五福結 影片 中國結一線生機 提供

This part is duplicated, more or less in the title of almost all of the videos: 中國結一線生機 提供

Chinese Knot: 中國結
This part, I believe, means "video" more or less. Perhaps "instructional video", but I have put no effort into an actual translation: 一線生機 提供

五福結 interlocked double coin medallion
雙錢結 double coin
五股六花 circular mat (five:五, unit/ply/portion/section:股, six:六, flower:花)

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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Tomorrow is Lunar New Years' Eve, so I thought I would bump up my usual Sunday link dump to Saturday on the off chance it helps anyone get out to an event on time...

Things to see and do
At the Glendale Main Library in Glendale Arizona
http://www.azcentral.com/community/glendale/articles/2009/01/22/20090122...

A restatement of the Warren Public Library Lunar New Year festivities in New Jersey on February 7, 2009
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20090120/GETPUBLISHED/901200324/-...

Pointers to 843 videos and animations of knots from the WonderHowTo instructional video directory site.
http://www.wonderhowto.com/search/knot/

A step by step photographic how-to for the bowline from the University of Kansas student newspaper.
http://www.kansan.com/stories/2009/jan/22/diy_bowline_knot/?jayplay