I've always been interested in knots and rope-work, ever since an older brother taught me how to tie a Turk's Head when I was a teenager.
Having spent 5 years in the Navy had given him a lot of time to learn what sailors do. He passed on enough to get me interested.
Knots are also closely related to a branch of mathematics (Topology), which is another one of my favourite topics.
Recently I've had the opportunity to spend more time pursuing this, and have developed a penchant for braiding - especially using parachute cord, or 'paracord' as it is known.
Parachute cord is a synthetic material, consisting of a core of 7 to 11 inner strands of fine material, inside a sheath. It is usually about 2-3mm (1/8") in diameter and is very easy to work with. Most of what I use is known as '450' or '550' - referring to the breaking load weight (in pounds) of one strand.
The colours and patterns available are astounding - you can see examples of some of the possibilities when you view the rest of the links at this site.
Braiding is a particular type of rope-work, and has a close relationship to macramé and hand-weaving. In fact many of the knots used in braiding span these other crafts.
I have developed a few items that I like and believe I'm good at making. But I'm also open to new ideas to try. You can see examples of these items, and also read some technical tidbits that I've picked up on my own.
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