Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Turk's knot tutorial

Just a quick post to tell you about a very nice "animated" tutorial about making turk's knots:

http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/ManitobaCrafts/content/macrame/turkshead.html

I'm still trying to make good knots, that's how I found this. Knots like these were used to embellish pouches, such as this one

Wish me luck :-)

2 comments :

toten said...

Dear Ms,
I know you where having some difficulty with tassels and excellent fit for the "Turk's head" knots.

I think I have the solution that is historically correct and very likely an industry secret or "trick of the trade".
The Turk's head knot is formed first. It is woven on a "mandrel"- basically a round stick
In middle age this could been knitting needles, a stick, a quickly fabricated dowel, a handle, bobbin, or at hand household item. Ideally the mandrel has removable pegs placed at equal distances - but this is not essential.
Perhaps historically a helper or a child put their finger on the stick to help hold the thread momentarily until the first row of the turk's head was done.
The Turk's head is woven on this round stick and completed OFF the tassel. It is slipped off the stick like a napkin ring.

The tassel is then made. The "whipping" or lateral binding strings should be diameter slightly larger than inside diameter of turk's head knot.
The tassel cord, then tassel is pulled through (pulled by holding the whipping or body) the finished turk's head knot (like a napkin ring) but not completely- for a "press fit".
If this fit is tight enough- it is permanent. Else it could be fixed with some hidden stitches or hoof glue (essentially gelatin glue).

This is the current way horsemen and cowboys especially the Gaucho of Spain and South America make horsehair fly tassels- horsehair for the tassel and leather for the turk's head and braided cordage.

Turk's head or Pineapple Knot Mandrel
http://home.tiscali.nl/knotsandknottying/PA-footropeknot.htm

http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/pics/20054anonknotringtut09.jpg

http://www.westernfolklife.org/site1/batr/tools_braided_horsehair.ph

Isis said...

hi toten, what you describe is very close to how i make my turk's head knots :)

thank you for your input and for the links :)

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