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How to Tie the Knarr Knot by TIAT (Video Instructions)
« on: February 20, 2010, 02:17:39 AM »
The Knarr Knot is evocative of the Norse merchant ships famously used
by the Vikings.



Knarrer were cargo ships and typically about 54 feet (or 16 meters) in
length. Capable of carrying up to 24 tons of material, they supplied food,
drink, weapons, and armor to warriors and traders across multiple seas.

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn2FLF3BbUE

Hope you enjoy,

JD ~ TIAT

Book Update: I sent the final draft of my forthcoming book, "Decorative
Fusion Knots", to my publisher. If you'd like to be notified when it's available
for purchase, email me: jd@fusionknots.com
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Re: How to Tie the Knarr Knot by TIAT (Video Instructions)
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010, 10:51:19 AM »
Interesting title JD.  Why "fusion" knots?
I read your post on the keyhole weave

Just a thought, but I wondered whether the people (women?) interested in this kind of jewellery knotting might go more for a title like "Friendship Knots".  The idea being that you weave a necklace, and give it to your friend to wear. "Fusion Knots" might be more meaningful in the sense that you create a whole from smaller parts, but I suspect I know which title is likely to catch the eye of your average jewellery-making woman.  And to prompt her to pull it down from the bookstore shelf and browse it. And she won't buy it from a store without first browsing it.

Edit:  I Googled "Friendship Knots".  Images. Got lots of hits, it seems to be the accepted title for this kind of knot. Though many of the hits go no further than what we might call the Square Knot (non-US) or Japanese Crown Knot (US-only) - so if it's not already there (number 1?) you might need to add the Square Knot to your book.  Yet I couldn't see a single book under the name "Friendship Knots".  Yet.  I even tried Googling "Friendship Knots Amazon".  
Change your title, and this market is all yours...
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Re: How to Tie the Knarr Knot by TIAT (Video Instructions)
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2010, 06:19:03 PM »
Fusion Knots (def.) : Innovative knots created through the merging of different knot elements or knotting techniques.

Members of the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT; officially founded in 1982) updated ABOK in 1979, adding what
was then believed to be a new knot called the Hunter's Bend (i.e. Rigger's Bend). Many of the guild members have gone
on to write multiple books on the subject of knots. Most of these books, with the exception of a select few (primarily books
written by IGKT co-founder Sir. Geoffrey Budworth - I personally believe Mr. Budworth should be knighted), focus on
what has come before as opposed to new knots or recently created knots. When it comes to decorative knots, this last
statement is especially true.

So where do we go from here?

What does the future hold for knots?

The answer to both these questions, I believe, is fusion knots: innovative knots created through the merging of different
knot elements or knotting techniques.

Like origami figurines created through the folding of paper, rope in the hands of a fusion knot tyer becomes a vehicle for
exploring evermore complex and imaginative knot designs. Fusion knot tyers gather inspiration from history, nature,
mythology, or any other source that moves them to tie. They see knots as assemblages of discrete parts, rather than
indivisible units of information.

For instance, the Celtic Tree of Life Knot (a fusion knot) is the result of combining three different knot elements - one
derived from the Trinity Knot, one from the Ring of Coins, and one from the Handbasket Knot. Together, these three
elements commingle to create something different, something more elaborate and impactful.

My book is an introduction to the world of decorative fusion knots, but more so it is a bridge between what is and what
can be. In turn, alongside fusion knots, I present instructions for historical knots, knots that were discovered or created
before 1979 (the year the IGKT updated ABOK). Historical knots are the foundations for and elements of fusion knots,
so knowing how to tie them is important.

Although, fusion knots can be used for jewelry, they are not simply for that purpose. The knots are well suited for multiple
other purposes, including utilitarian ones. Also, YouTube provides insight into the gender of the persons who view my (video)
work. And, as fate would have it, 76% of my viewers are men.



I also have viewers who are woman, women who use fusion knots in the creation of their jewelry. Still, I feel it would be a
disservice to the knotting community at large, to call out to this subgroup only. In short fusion knots and fusion (multimedia)
teaching techniques have been used by:

  • Bush Crafters;
  • Paracord Tyers;
  • Sailors/Coxcombing Enthusiasts;
  • Teachers (seeking memory and motor skill curriculum);
  • Asian Folk Knot Tyers;
  • Rope Riggers;
  • Puzzle Crafters;
  • Jewelry Makers;
  • Religious and Spiritual Practitioners;
  • Backwoods Survivalists; and
  • General Knot Enthusiasts.

Women and men, alike...

Respectfully,

JD ~ TIAT

Please Note: My response is only meant to be a clarification of, what I hope will become, a new category of knot tying.
Put simply, I'm grateful for your question and appreciative of your naming suggestion.  :)
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Re: How to Tie the Knarr Knot by TIAT (Video Instructions)
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2010, 06:38:14 PM »
Just my opinion from a female perspective. Friendship knots, bracelets, and pins tend to be jewelry geared toward girls 12 years old and under. I hate to say it but experience tells me that some of the fusion knots would lose 12 year olds. (few have the patience) I have however seen many adult females in Hobby Lobby perusing the Celtic and Chinese knotting jewelry books. Fusion would be a name that would attract them, but examples of jewelry that could be made with the knots would have to be included. If the instructions are not spelled out for them, it won't be bought. (too complicated, take too long, etc.) As a stand alone knot book I think it is fine. I think a key fob/survival bracelet knotting book would sell too. Especially if "paracord" were mentioned in the title. This would reach a larger audience in my opinion. I think about the fading and reoccurring fad of hemp jewelry as I type this, it is now made in China and sells by the cash registers.

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Re: How to Tie the Knarr Knot by TIAT (Video Instructions)
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2010, 08:37:34 PM »
I may have to get a hold of some more natural fiber looking rope and make one of these in necklace size to wear with my renfaire gear. I think this would be a nice alternative to wood/bone versions.

An idea for larger necklace version of this, would be to take a second rope, and do a lark's head at the middle of the top, bring the two strands up just a slight bit, then split them straight out to the sides. Half-hitch them around the two ropes that come up from the ends of the Knarr. Bring these up a short distance, half hitch again, then back to the center and knot the ends together. This should result in a slightly square-ish shape that would suggest the sail as seen in the video's picture. If the final knot on this second string was done right, it could hang down, suggest some kind of emblem on the sail.

Another idea would be to take a second string of a different color, and make a series of button knots, TH mats, or any other roundish 'flat' knot and have them stick through the spaces at the top of the knot, would look like little shields. This of course as an alternative to various beads or pewter jewelry bits that would serve the same purpose.

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Re: How to Tie the Knarr Knot by TIAT (Video Instructions)
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2010, 10:03:26 PM »
Now you can't write a post like that and not go ahead and make these things you describe...and post some photos to show how you got on... :)

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Re: How to Tie the Knarr Knot by TIAT (Video Instructions)
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010, 04:25:51 PM »
Now you can't write a post like that and not go ahead and make these things you describe...and post some photos to show how you got on... :)

Okay, I'll accept that challenge... just as soon as life slows down a bit.

Between having out of town guests 2 weeks in a row, a wedding (not mine!  8)) next week, plus having work during the week and renfair on the weekends, I haven't really had much time for anything.

I will however, Spitfire, accept such a challenge... just as soon as I finish the two-three floggers I was asked to make.

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Re: How to Tie the Knarr Knot by TIAT (Video Instructions)
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2010, 04:44:51 PM »
Rrok007
are you in Texas by chance?  I only ask since you have mentioned you have a ren fest going on and we have one happening at the moment here (I know they are happening all over I just thought I would ask)
Justin