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connecting threads

February 5, 2011

–when I was a weaving student in Japan I spent hours tying this knot so I wouldn’t forget it. It makes a very small knot that is strong and, once pulled up tightly will never come apart.

These are my original drawings.

Take 2 ends, they can be quite short. Cross left over right.

Take long end of right, bend back on itself,  and cross OVER  left.

Take it up and UNDER short end of right and then OVER short end of left.

Take short end of left, bend it back on itself, go OVER the long working end of right and OVER the short end of right–into the far left space. Continue with that end and go UNDER right  (bottom of loops).

Pinch both left ends tightly with left hand thumb and index finger –while pulling the long end of right.

This knot is so strong that the Japanese weavers use it if they need to tie a knot in the warp. I know!–knots in the warp are a no- no but when using very fine yarns sett at 80-120 epi (ends per inch) they are sometimes a necessity and really don’t show.

The “thrum balls” on the left are Japanese silk, one of them is all kasuri/ikat dyed. I have no idea how many 1oo’s of yards is in each. The small blue and white ball and bobbin are ones I tied and I do know how many hours that took!  The knot used is the one shown above.

The fabric is woven with the knotted yarn as weft. The colour changes develope when the yarns are tied with different colours. This is a very slow –and tedious–process. Most likely used by weavers who have to use every small bit of thread–or the slightly demented.

More threads, more connections.



3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2011 8:23 pm

    my sketchbook is filled with illustrations of the various knots, techniques, and methods i learned at kawashima; i even made a little sample of the kasuri knot so that i would have something 3d to touch and see.


  2. February 7, 2011 1:15 pm

    this kind of thrift makes me happy. and amazed. i HAVE found a use for thrums… compost or draped in trees for birds’ nest fiber.


  3. February 6, 2011 8:20 am

    patience of a saint comes to mind my blogging friend. thanks for the tutorial. The colour is beautifulxxlynda


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