Marking Time 1.8.16

 

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." —Thomas Jefferson

 

 

I promised myself when I started this blog ever so long ago, I would never apologize for not writing. And those of you who are friends or have been to the Studio may know the family challenges we've been facing since I returned from Japan at the end of last May. The situation is still ongoing; we're trying to be flexible and go with the flow (which is sometimes easier said than lived)!

 

 

 

 

In the quiet between the holidays, I brainstormed some new ideas to infuse into the blog, and am excited to share with you the first of what I'm calling, Frequently Asked Questions Fridays.

 

Collected from new, beginning, and returning students to the Studio, these questions will hopefully further your weaving knowledge and help you rock your Saori weaving!

 

So without further delay, allow me to introduce you to…The Weaver's Knot.

 

 

 

The weaver's knot is in the family of knots known as bend knots. It is also known as a sheet bend, becket bend, or weaver's hitch. The weaver's knot is used by sailors to join two ropes of different sizes (fishnet is a series of sheet bends). The weaver's knot is a quick way of joining two yarns (thread, string, rope, etc.) together very securely; and is rated as the number one knot in the Ashley Book of Knots. That's pretty impressive!

 

 

 

 

The weaver's knot was historically used in textile mills to repair broken warp threads (stay tuned for a future post on unintentional broken warp threads and the Saori way of intentional broken warp threads).

 

I met a gentleman at a gallery opening for a friend back in November. He was from Ireland, and his mom worked in the mills as a girl. You had to be fast fixing a broken warp (within three to five seconds), and his mom and other mill workers were able to tie their knots with only one hand! I may never be able to do that, but I can certainly appreciate the skill to do so.

 

 

 

 

Ready to give it a try?  Let's go…

 

 

 

 

Make a downward facing loop with your first yarn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With your second yarn, make a another loop with the shorter end under the longer one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insert the red loop under the blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insert the short blue end into the red loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will have three ends on the left, and one end on the right.

 

Now pull!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Ta da!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clip the ends and you have a nice, neat knot. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My photos aren't always the best, so check this video for two ways of making the weaver's knot:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVP0M6ucWnE

 

 

 

 

So why would you want to use this knot?

  • It's small and strong:  small enough so that it won't affect the surface weave; strong enough to withstand the tension;

  • it won't slip;

  • it's a good knot for joining two pieces of yarn of different diameters;

  • and it's easy to untie (in fact, untying it is a good way to check that you've tied it correctly).

 

I hope you learned something and will check back on future Fridays for more Frequently Asked Questions. 

 

Have a question yourself? Leave it in the comments below, and maybe it will come up in a future post!

 

Fleece,

Karen

 

References:

Sheet Bends, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheet_bend

Ashley Book of Knots, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ashley_Book_of_Knots

Apologies to Dr. Seuss!

 

Comments

Knots

This is an awesome tutorial. Can be used in knitting also I think.

Hi Carol! So glad you enjoyed

Hi Carol! So glad you enjoyed the tutorial! Yes, the weaver's knot can be used in knitting, or anytime you want to join two pieces of yarn. But my favorite knot for knitting is the Magic Knot seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nq_7EXTWHE

How is this knot different from the weaver's knot? I have found the magic knot doesn't work under tension. So when I'm trying to repair a broken warp thread and use the magic knot, I can't re-tension the thread, and then my warp is wonky (which is okay with me most of the time because in Saori weaving I like to play with my tension, letting it out and tightening up at whim).

Thanks for leaving a comment, and hope you've learned something about knots along the way!
Fleece,
Karen

So glad you will be back

So glad you will be back Missed your blog. Use the Magic knot all the time in my knitting . Hi to all in Aruba em

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