The Ultimate Book of Decorative Knots

The Ultimate Book of Decorative Knots

Lindsey Philpott

Language: English

Pages: 640

ISBN: 1620878143

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


All knots are useful, but many can also be very beautiful. Here, Lindsey Philpott, expert knot tyer, sets out to provide the most comprehensive, useful, and attractive book of decorative knots from around the world. Readers will learn the materials, methods, measurements, and tools needed to tie dozens of beautiful knots. Flat knots, round knots, square knots, covering knots—you name it, and this book has it. From braids to plaits to sinnets, here are step-by-step instructions accompanied by full-color photographs for the knot tyer’s reference. Chapters include:

  • Getting Started
  • Purely Decorative Knots
  • Netting and Woven Knots
  • Turk’s Head Knots
  • Knob Knots
  • And much more!

Philpott provides a brief history of knotting, in addition to instructions and helpful images. Practical tips, like what materials not to use will advise beginners about the details of knot tying. Once you practice the knots illustrated in these pages, you can use the information to create your own individual style—and even some new knots! Handy reference book as well as a beautiful gift, this is an essential addition to every knot enthusiast’s library.

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the term, or have only heard it in reference to sailor’s work and cannot define it differently than braiding or plaiting. So, 53 here is my tentative view, used in this book to try to make sense of some very mixed terms: A braid is an over and under intertwining (or an over and back, or a mixture of the two) of three or more strands, cords, ribbons, or pieces to produce an interwoven structure capable of working flat as a ribbon or round or othershaped as a cord or rope. A plait is an

can be made with the same over-under pattern. Try mixing up the colours for more pleasing visual effects, such as those shown in the samples below. Enjoy, and start to invent your own colour patterns – maybe use your favourite team or school colours! Other Single-Strand Braids These last forms of braids are made using a single cord instead of multiple cords. You can use single-strand braiding, made from loops, to form continuous lengths of very pleasing patterns for decorating drapes and for

sets, remember to go over, under, over, under, etc., with each set. To cover the base, you need enough cords around the top to fill all available space on the perimeter of the piece you are covering, remembering to leave space for the angle that the cords make with each other to prevent bunching or overlap. You can also start with alternating colours on each side. The great joy of coachwhipping is that you can achieve a covering with fairly minimal effort. You do have to remember to keep each

down in turn to the starting strands. p u r e l y d e c o r a t i v e k n o t s 171 2 The second strand anti-clockwise is turned also anti-clockwise under all strands and up through the first overhand, then through its own bight to form a second overhand. The finished Simple Matthew Walker Rose Knot as a bottle stopper. 3 A Rose Knot using a Double Matthew Walker 1 Here, using five strands knotted together with a Constrictor Knot, the first strand is taken anticlockwise under all strands

of the cord, and, using the rest of your hand to grip the tool, press down with your thumb-tip enough so that you can grip the cord and pull it through. Try not to pull from too far away in the piece; instead, pull directly adjacent to the length that requires your attention. Pulling from too far away can stretch the cord without getting the piece you want in place. If you are making anything with particularly long cords in it, make the cords up into a bundle (or knittle, as it was once called).

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