Before I could begin to understand the
necessary components of a good knotting cord, I had to learn to knot. Furthermore, I
needed to learn how each knot treated a cord. Did the knot add twist as it was tied?
Did the knot abraid the cord as it was tied? Did the knot hold its shape?
To gain this experience, I enrolled in a Chinese Knot class at Torrance Adult School. The instructor started the students on the most basic knots and gradually presented more complex knots. A side effect I found was that knotting is very good for arthritic hands.
|Section 5, Preliminary Work, Notebook
This is the front of the section 5, preliminary work notebook. It is a three inch binder. The documentation to the Part 2 COE is made up of three notebooks this size and seven one inch binders.
These talisman are all imported from the Orient. The one on the far left sports a large pan chang (knot). The center necklace features half square knots, jade talisman and jade beads. The talisman on the right is held up by a long pan chang, brocade, double coin and button knots. Note that the tassels are of traditional make and ocnnected with a button knot.
|These are enlargements of the knots in sample 1|