The words in today's blog title were the ones we were always taught in Girl Scouts, as far as tying a square knot is concerned. It is the same knot that Fred uses to produce the Damascus edge on select rugs. But first, here is an image of Rug 397 in progress on the loom.
To secure the ends of the weaving, he ties 366 knots on the top and bottom, and then reverses the process and ties 366 more knots also on the top and bottom, resulting in 366 square knots. When he finishes that process, he adds another touch to the rug - maritime cabling - which secures the Damascus edge. He ties one knot at the end of each cable for a total of 92 knots before the rug is complete. Complicated but extremely strong as well as beautiful.
The photographs below show how he uses this treatment on the warp ends of his rug. The first step after removing the rug from the loom is to trim the edges of the warp. Notice the engineer's scale being using to keep the length exactly even.
In the next three photographs, he is tying knots - the first knot in the warp, followed by the second.
The cabling is the last step before the rug is completed. You can see the structure or architectural elements in the finished piece.
Fred has included a "Spirit Line" or ch'ihónít'i in Navajo, in the lower right hand corner of the rug. A weaver puts her/his spirit into a piece, and the spirit line provides a pathway for the spirit to exit the work.
Thanks to all of you who commented this week and for your often creative words, including Connie, Barbara F. R., Charleen, Christina, Terry T., Jean and Sam, Marilyn G., Veronica (who geeked out at the blog, a high compliment indeed), Steve, Catherine, and Sara. May you be presented with wonderful photographable things and events this week!
until next Monday,
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