Preliminary Work

    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.

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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.

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Hydrania knot made with clover leaf knots.
twists extensively while trying.  Moderately abrasive, might only be used with hand spuns if sewn down.

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Sample 1

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.

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