Decorative Fusion Knots

Download Decorative Fusion Knots

Post on 12-Apr-2016

5 views

Category:

Documents

0 download

Embed Size (px)

DESCRIPTION

Celtic design

TRANSCRIPT

  • Section 1

    Flipping theDouble coin

    A Step-by-step IllustratedGuide to New and Unusual

    Ornamental KnotsWritten and Photographed by

    JD of Tying It All Together

    DecorativeFUSioNKNotSDecorativeFUSioNKNotS

  • contentsForeword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ixAcknowledgments . . . . xiIntroduction . . . . . . . . . . xiiiRope Orientation . . . . . xv

    section 1

    Flipping the Double coinDouble Coin Knot . . . . . . . 2Cloud Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Djinn Bottle Knot . . . . . . . 4Prosperity Knot . . . . . . . . . 6Wide Lanyard Knot . . . . . . 8Mayan Temple Knot . . . 10River Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Ring of Coins . . . . . . . . . . 14

    section 2

    opening the BoxBox Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Jolly Roger Knot . . . . . . . 21Olias Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23Harbin Knot . . . . . . . . . . . 24Snake Weave . . . . . . . . . . 27Dagger Knot . . . . . . . . . . 28Celtic Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

    section 3

    Weaving and tuckingBightsHalf Good Luck Knot . . . 34Spiral Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Triskelion Knot . . . . . . . . 37Tea Cup Knot . . . . . . . . . . 39Panel Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Longhorn Knot . . . . . . . . 44

    section 4

    strange twists and turnsPendant Knot . . . . . . . . . 48Challenge Knot . . . . . . . . 50Basket Weave Knot . . . . 52Brigid's Knot . . . . . . . . . . . 54Handbasket Knot . . . . . . 56

    section 5

    Deconstructing the trinityTrinity Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . 60Hammer Knot . . . . . . . . . 61Triple Goddess Knot . . . 63Cupcake Knot . . . . . . . . . 65Pentaradial Knot . . . . . . . 67Celtic Tree of Life Knot . . 69Pagoda Knot . . . . . . . . . . 71

    section 6

    Popular Paracord tiesSolomon Bar . . . . . . . . . . 74Wide Solomon Bar . . . . . 76Single Genoese Bar . . . . 78Trilobite Knot . . . . . . . . . . 80

    section 7

    Petals of the FlowerFlower Knot . . . . . . . . . . . 84Double Looped Knot . . 85Cross Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . 86Winged Cross Knot . . . . 87

    section 8

    Rolling out the BarrelsBarrel Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . 90Bloody Knuckle Knot . . 91O-Ring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93Door Knocker Knot . . . . 94Padlock Knot . . . . . . . . . . 96Triple Barrel Knot . . . . . . 98

    section 9

    other Asian inspirationsButton Knot . . . . . . . . . . 102Maedate Knot . . . . . . . . 103Pipa Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . 104Plafond Knot . . . . . . . . . 105

    section 10

    Knots for LoversTrue Lover's Knot . . . . . 108Kinky Lover's Knot . . . . 109Clasped Hands Knot . . 110Diamond Ring Knot . . 112

    section 11

    short and Long sinnetsEternity Knot . . . . . . . . . 116Caterpillar Sinnet . . . . . 117Zipper Sinnet . . . . . . . . 118Spinal Sinnet . . . . . . . . . 120Bugle Cord . . . . . . . . . . . 122

    About the Author . . . . 125

  • ForewordJD first came to my attention when he started topost on the web forum of the International Guildof Knot Tyers (IGKT), giving links to his videos onYouTube. These videos are impressive demon-strations of his knotting ability and provide as-tonishingly clear instructions on how to tie avariety of knots. But when it comes to knotbooks, there are many. And the vast majority ofthem show the same knots, albeit with dierentpictures and variations on how they can be tied.

    So why choose this book?

    First, it relies on step-by-step, clear, and easy tofollow photographs rather than illustrated dia-grams. Second, most of these knots have neverappeared in books before. And further, thisbook not only teaches, it inspires!

    Fusion knots show what can be achieved with alittle patience and imagination, and provideendless opportunities for decorative knotting

    enjoyment. This is especially exciting for thosewho may have thought knots were somethingonly used by specialists, such as sailors orclimbers; or taught to Scouts and Guides, butthen forgotten in the modern world of snapsand fasteners.

    So while away a few minutes (and dont be sur-prised when hours have passed!). Tie some or allof these creations. All you need is a piece of cord,a little time, and a mind set to wonder.

    Barry MaultHonorary SecretaryInternational Guild of Knot Tyerswww.igkt.net

    ix

  • introductionFor tens of thousands of years, knots played acritical role in human society. They have helpedus catch food, sail the seas, build empires, wor-ship, remember and heal. Quietly supporting usthrough all our historic conquests and adven-tures, knots helped our ancestors tie their worldtogether.

    The Incas of South America, for instance, mayhave used knots tied along strings as an earlyform of writing communicating narratives ofthe Incan Empire through knots rather than inkand paper. They also used knots as accountingtools, generating and keeping records similar tothose kept by modern day bookkeepers andcensus takers.

    More popularly, the Celts used stylized represen-tations of knots to express a variety of naturaland spiritual concepts. Seen on ancient struc-tures and in modern motifs, these decorativeknots conveyed the relationships between manand woman, hunter and prey, earth, spirit andthe universe. Still other Celtic knots are believedto have represented protection from evil spirits,and were placed on battle shields or near peoplewho were sick.

    Asian cultures, primarily Chinese, produceddecorative knots that took on the esthetic qual-ities of religious symbols, nature and money.The Double Coin Knot, for instance, is so namedbecause it looks like two Chinese coins overlap-ping. The majority of these decorative knotswere meant to represent good luck, virtue, or

    prosperity. But others were created for moreutilitarian purposes such as buttons for jacketsand shirts.

    Much like the development of any art form, timeand practice are the keys to new ideas and inno-vative developments. Mariners throughout his-tory, with lots of time of their hands, begancoxcombing, covering rails and wheels with dec-orative wraps and ties. These wraps and tiesserved the dual purpose of improving the gripon an otherwise slippery object, while at thesame time increasing the beauty of the ship.

    As still more time passed, knots grew to becomea semi-finite field of study. Knot books startedpresenting what had come before; with themost attention being paid to practical knots.Then, in 1944, Cliord W. Ashley published TheAshley Book of Knots (ABOK), an encyclopedic ref-erence manual describing how to tie thousandsof decorative and functional knots from allaround the world. To this day, Ashleys tome re-mains the quintessential book of knots.

    Members of the International Guild of Knot Tyers(IGKT; ocially founded in 1982) updated ABOKin 1979, adding what was then believed to be anew knot called the Hunters Bend. Many of theguild members have gone on to write multiplebooks on the subject of knots. Most of thesebooks, with the exception of a select few, focuson what has come before as opposed to new orrecently created knots. When it comes to deco-rative knots, this last statement is especially true.

    xiii

  • So where do we go from here?

    What does the future hold for knots?

    The answer to both these questions, I believe, isfusion knots: innovative knots created throughthe merging of dierent knot elements or knot-ting techniques.

    Like origami figurines created through the fold-ing of paper, rope in the hands of a fusion knottyer becomes a vehicle for exploring ever morecomplex and imaginative knot designs. Fusionknot tyers gather inspiration from history, na-ture, mythology, or any other source that movesthem to tie. They see knots as assemblages ofdiscrete parts, rather than indivisible units of in-formation.

    For instance, the Celtic Tree of Life Knot (a fusionknot) is the result of combining three dierentknot elementsone derived from the TrinityKnot, one from the Ring of Coins, and one fromthe Handbasket Knot. Together, these three ele-ments commingle to create something dierent,something more elaborate and impactful.

    This book is an introduction to the world of dec-orative fusion knots, but more so it is a bridgebetween what is and what can be. In turn, along-side fusion knots, I present instructions for his-torical knots, knots that were discovered orcreated before 1979 (the year the IGKT updatedABOK). Historical knots are the foundations forand elements of fusion knots, so knowing howto tie them is important.

    In a few cases the historical knot instructions shownwill not be presented as elements to subsequentfusion knots. The purpose for this is twofold:

    A) I want to provide instructions for an unusual orrarely described historical knot, and

    B) I want to provide techniques you can use tocreate fusion knots of your own.

    The chapters of this book are organized accordingto the primary knot element or knotting techniqueutilized in the knots construction. For example, ifa knot starts o as a Double Coin Knot, but finisheswith a technique associated with the Trinity Knot(as seen in the Djinn Bottle Knot), that knot will beplaced in the Double Coin Knot chapter.

    All this said, please remember, fusion knotting isa creative endeavor. Although the pages beforeyou show a multitude of step-by-step instruc-tions on how to tie knots, you do not have to bea passive consumer of this information. Modifywhat is shown, play with the techniques, inte-grate dierent knot elements, and create some-thing new. Put another way

    Explore, Discover, Innovate!

    Doing so will not only improve your understand-ing of fusion knots; it will improve your under-standing of all knots and pave the way to evermore elaborate and creative knots tomorrow.

    Thank you and keep tying. JD of Tying It All

Recommended

View more >