Some of you will know by now that one of the things I do with my knotwork is to make things for special occasions. One of my best was the Turk’s Head Rose for a hat contest for the Kentucky Derby. Another is the egg shape I’m perfecting for Easter and such. This bell is for a Christmas wreath, to be used after I work out the full details.
My self-assigned rules do not allow the use of glue, wire, staples, clamps, or mandrels (unless it is made of the cords like the object itself). This rule makes it more difficult and therefore more educational. I realize most of the people who see them wouldn’t care if they knew, so I normally don’t even mention it unless they also tie knots — a rare event indeed. The only thing I expect them to care about and rate it on is the outward appearance. That is after all only fair, and I give and expect fairness and little else.
This bell was made from a paracord Turk’s Head of 9 Leads X 8 Bights; tripled (or as Ashford would have said -doubled twice-). It was then worked to form while being carefully tightened in three passes. Because of the firm weave and the geometry of the curves, it is surprisingly stiff. I wouldn’t let a child or puppy play with it, but it should stand up to normal use quite well. The opening at the narrow end of the bell should be handy in adding a carrier and a clapper. This worked out to be a very satisfying prototype.
If you have any ideas on how to improve it I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. Thank you again for dropping by: