Knotty Notions

Today's blog is brought to you by the letter 'O'

yellow letter O tied in a bao knot Next up yellow and the letter ‘O’. Obviously, for the letter ‘O’ we’d need a round knot. I had two initial thoughts: something big and sunny or a hollow round form. I started with a 8x3 bao knot but it really didn’t want to hold the form (cord too soft? fumble hands?) so I moved on to the 2x12 which had troubles of it’s own. When you have so very many ears with such a large centre, they can disappear on you. The centre loops can easily flip and the ears themselves can disappear into the centre in a confusing way. Also, because the centre is so crowded, it is difficult to make the centre structural loops to sit flat. As you can see, I eventually got the 2x12 bao to behave. More or less. But I’m still not sure I’m happy with it. For one, the yellow is such an intense yellow that it encroaches on orange territory. Two, the crowding still gives it a feeling of… untidiness? Considering my bao problems, I may try the ‘O’ again, maybe with a good luck knot. The problem, as usual, would be balancing the stability of the knot versus the desired opening in the middle. Also, working on stitched structural reinforcement without warping.

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