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Right mouse click give you an opportunity to download

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*   Ornamental Knots derived from CELTIC Knots

I got the idea of taking CELTIC knots templates.
Only thing is that they are mostly links in fact and not really knots so I  modify them a bit so as to get a true knot.

Aesthetically the results are unequal, still geometrical tweaking I  always find interesting.

Original templates
My knots
Diagrams & knots
The diagrams


*   MY DIAGRAMS (cork boards and pins) for some Knots in mat form mainly.

Diagrams to lay easily uncomplicated and complicated knot (Mats mainly)

Ornamental or fancy knotting diagrams for young tyers was the primitive intent :
in a few minutes you can have the knotting all laid up.
Then you just have, and this is the "long" part of  it, to fair it up!.

Two methods are used :

***  the Harpagon ( ) ( France) 
Ebenezer Scrooge (UK) or The Miser's method : crooked fingers, palm up.

Fingers can be replaced by corks glued or nailed or screwed on a plywood board .
Getting corks is easy  and pleasing : have some bottle of wine to get the cork!: French wine of course but certainly do not forget Australian, Californian, Italian ones, some are among the best that can be drunk )

*** the Saint Sebastien  or Hedgehog 's method : pins on a cork board. ( see "caution"

...young tyers....well, years, in spirit, in knotting experience, in that sort of knotting, well... who ever care to have that label put momentarily on to her/him.

Here are some templates or grids or diagrams (there are a few more , added since) of the knotting proposed, they were made while "proofing" Knotting Diagrams ( Get them here )

When in Knotting Diagrams a "click" on a thumbnail will bring up a bigger photography.
When on this bigger photo a right mouse click should open the menu with a save option to download onto your computer's hard disk.

CAUTION about use by children.

I know that what follow is "evident" but I have seen much that happened because "evident" was forgotten that I do not believe in it anymore and find better to "bring down open doors" if needed be.
No pins for children under 6 (or even in presence of  under 6) even with adult overlooking.

Pins must have a "handle" or "sphere" for easy handling  and the working extremity will be dulled a bit as there is no need for a very fine point  with a cork board.
If you are prepared to change often the board even wooden tooth picks can be used.

But whatever means be used :

- Each child should be thoroughfully "trained" in the correct use of "pins".

- A strict order is to be enforced : no pin in mouth or even the near the face.

- A careful count of pins must be held : when giving them to children and when
taking then again
at the end of session. The two counts, before and after should tally.
If missing pin : careful search and if not found then it might be advisable to seek

- Cork board should be placed on a stable flat horizontal surface ( table, desk,
working bench...) and not "on the knees",  child seated on a chair and not moving around...

- No "floating around" pins : they should always be pinned on something board
 in use, on a cork when not in use.


*   ENDLESS Knot

Shows how the geometry of the 'in the rope' knot can be quite different from it "structure" rendered in a regular square geometry.

This is a pan-chan relation, an endless knot, a Buddhist symbol


*   NOEUD D'ESCARPOLETTE ( translate as child's swing I think )

A rather old fashion name ( escarpolette is the old French name of 'une balançoire' , that is a swing) for an old knot that I made a drawing and a diagram of.

It can be found in do-it-yourself magazine of some years back.
It is in ABOK too.



This is the playing ground for the children of Vitry-sur-Seine.

This is really heavy braid / plait



It was inspired by Le Manuel Du Gabier.
Tar is make-believe tar : I used BETADINE a modern iodine disinfectant.

For those looking out to find 'tar', 'Norwegian tar' look in  "products for gardens" : this is used after pruning a tree or a shrub as disinfectant and 'closure of cut' poultice.
Beware this is quite detrimental to skin in chronic contact : cancer, and it may be in acute contact for susceptible persons.


Copyright 2005 Sept - Charles Hamel / Nautile -
Overall rewriting in August 2006 . Copyright renewed. 2007-2014 -(each year of existence)

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