Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I've got big nuts..

What? ...


They're knots? ....okay then...I've got big knots.















Chinese Knots too.  It took me the better part of the day yesterday to make two of them.  About midnight...I cheered myself right out loud....woohooo ... got it!

Today I will try to make a third with the remaining cord and see if I can even go one better and hide the seam as one is supposed to do.  The instructions say "keep seam facing down at all times when you work"...yeh...right.......I'll just do that .. along with standing on my head and facing south, while I try to get the loops in the right place at the right time and remembering to put the trailing piece of cord over or under or beside the leading piece of cord etc.....  and then tightening it all to get a round knot...

I'm sure it will all be much simpler when I have made about a dozen...or so....

Of course, the first part where I had to stitch some silk fabric onto a cord..turn it and make it look right wasn't easy either.... for somebody who is not on intimate terms with a sewing machine.... oh, and.... I had to cut some nice bias strips before that .....  which I did from a print out on folding fabric to get the most out of it for bias strips.






























... tacking silk onto cord.
















Pretty happy with my first two nuts...er ....  knots.....

6 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I used to make these for my mum in the dark ages....LOL. It seems that long ago...sheesh. She used them as buttons for something or other. It really takes a LOT of practice. I used a rayon or silk covered cord. I still have some somewhere.

deanna7trees said...

i'd say you did a great job. don't you just love this class. i took it way back when it was first offered and learned so much. i made some of those knots with white velvet and i love them.

Twiglet said...

Oh so clever V - they really are tricky. x Jo

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Great looking knots. They do look tricky to make.

Shashi Nayagam said...

They look very pretty. Well worth the effort even though you have to stand upside down to make the and contort your body in al sorts of ways.Lol!

Gwen Buchanan said...

I love Chinese Knots... For one jacket I made long ago, I made them for the closures, with loops of the same fabric. I love that they can be handmade and they are functional and that they are beautiful. beautiful work.