A List Of Links To My Posts On Drink Coasters And Their Kin


As long as my post on the rare and endangered Pink Drink Coaster was, I didn’t include links to related posts — a lack that was quickly pointed out to me. The remedy to this now glaringly obvious error follows:

The post that kick-started this one was about a coaster made of pink paracord. If you missed it, it is here.

A Gaucho knot mat, a passable coaster, but a boldly graphic mat.

This is the most viewed post on my blog. On the image search sites it makes an attractive picture; perhaps that is the secret. It stays high up on the Google Image search in several search terms. It may stay so high up because it is visited so often. There is a hook in here somewhere.

This is a little off the mark, but it is close kin. It is a bracelet made from a Prolong Mat. It is not usually tied as a coaster, but mats are close enough to interest me.

A Turk’s Head mat that I originally tied as research on the paracord coaster question. It is too uneven, and lacks stiffness / body, making a poor coaster. For other things, and in larger cordage, it would work. Thump mats come to mind, assuming your boat thumps.

A torus shaped Turk’s Head knot. Cut in half and looked at end on, it would look like a tire cut similarly. It is worked tightly enough to sound like wood when tapped. A further reach, but still kin. If you’re still with me it is worth a look.

This is the last port in this tramp’s tour of ring shaped knots. A 10 year old lamp pull, tied like the torus shaped knot above. If you’ve come this far, you may as well go all the way, and look at this one, too.

This should cover my mandated list of links for now. Thank you for taking the time to follow along. Come back again. The next post will continue my parade of knots instead of looking back down the line. If you see me next time, wave:
William

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A Drink Coaster Made From A Pineapple Knot — Tied In Pink Paracord


A drink coaster made from a Pineapple knot, top-down detail.

A drink coaster made from a Pineapple knot, top-down detail.

A drink coaster made from a Pineapple knot, normal view.

A drink coaster made from a Pineapple knot, normal view.

 

 

The first question I can feel in the vibration of the strands making up the web of existence is: Why in Hell do you have pink paracord? Is there, somewhere, an army which encourages the killer spirit in their paratrooper units by using pink parachute risers? Did I start off with white paracord and mutate it by exposure to high radiation levels? ( Enough of that ) The reason for the pink paracord will become self evident over the next few posts — it was a practical decision, and a useful end product. You are free to write in your guess — who knows if you are original and amusing enough you may get a pink ????????????? of your very own, to have and to hold.

I used to tie most of my knots with cotton sash cord, the type used to hang the sash weights in double-hung windows. It was a readily available commodity, well made, easy tying, and available in any good hardware store. Double-hung windows and good hardware stores are both rare today. Cotton sash cord is a specialty product made in limited amounts for the restoration market. Paracord, once rare and expensive, has become the commodity cord of the day. It is widely available, strong, and relatively inexpensive. You can find it at various levels of quality and cost; and in many colors — even pink. So now I make most of the things I make in paracord.

This knot was tied with the system now known to my steady readers as “The Monkey Method”. I was playing with a piece of paracord left over from some other knot project. I have been trying to discover a handsome and useful coaster design using paracord. Most of them have failed on one or both points. A coaster needs to be several things: even and level for secure footing, have enough body to hold its shape in use and handling, be attractive enough so that the recipient doesn’t put it in the “keep but don’t take out unless William is coming over” drawer, easy and quick to make, repeatable so you can make sets. I want to use paracord for the same reason I tied this knot with it; it’s what I have the most of in spools, and cut off ends.

This knot is very close to being a successful coaster by those standards. It is a Pineapple interweave over a Turk’s Head knot. Other than being a little small it is an excellent coaster — well, I guess there is that “pink” thing. The only fault is how I dealt with the ends. Because I wasn’t planning to make this ( I wasn’t even thinking — plan?? ) I didn’t preplan how I was going to treat the ends. After I decided this knot was worth the effort of working it down, I accidentally found the ends at the center of the knot. I tied them in a half-knot and then used my crochet hook tool to pull the ends up along the side of one of the radials. Pulling them tight and trimming closely allowed me to hide the ends quite well. The fault is in the half-knot at the rim of the center opening. If you look at the bottom of the hole on the top-down detail shot, you can see the irregularity this made. I may be able to work this better on the next one — but the best idea would be to let the ends meet on one of the radial runs, and trim them close. With laid cord you could thin them down to smooth the transition. I have never tried pulling some of the inner strands on paracord and then trimming half of them out — it may work. The next one will also be a little larger in diameter so you don’t have to be an attentive user and a good shot to hit the bull’s eye every time.

I would like to hear any ideas you have for making the “PPP — Perfect Paracord Coaster”. (PPP = Phony Patent Pending) While admitting this hasn’t been a steady front burner project, I would like to solve this quest. There is a limited call for baggy-winkle and jokes about the lunatic fringe, both made from unused cut-offs.

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William

Published in: on November 3, 2009 at 12:13 AM  Leave a Comment  
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A Gaucho Knot Mat / Coaster, So Bold It’s Almost Dazzling


A Gaucho Knot Mat / Coaster

A Gaucho Knot Mat / Coaster

Top Down Look At A Gaucho Knot Mat / Coaster

Top Down Look At A Gaucho Knot Mat / Coaster

After being so surprised by the Pineapple knot coaster, how could I resist making one out of a Gaucho knot? It is not as structurally sound as the Pineapple knot, but the visual is dramatic … to say the least.

In the normal run of things this would be your typical tubular Gaucho knot with a vertical white lightning bolt flash. I have to admit that the look surprised me. I just hadn’t followed the thought to its conclusion before I started working the knot flat. Giving a set of these to someone who drank too much would be a cruel joke.

The knot is firmer than a Turk’s Head mat, but not as firm as the Pineapple knot mat. If I had to chose, I would take the Pineapple knot for both utility and visual appeal. Who knows, I may find someone who just loves these and wants a set of 48 for their next bash.

Thank you for coming by:
William

Published in: on July 12, 2009 at 6:43 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Bracelet Made With A Prolong Knot Of 7 Bights Per Side And 3 Passes


Bracelet_Prolong Knot of 3 Passes 7 Bights Per Side

Bracelet_Prolong Knot of 3 Passes 7 Bights Per Side

Bracelet Prolong Mat With Toggle Closure

Bracelet Prolong Mat With Toggle Closure

This item was made for my love — no not my love of tying knots, the lady who lights my life up. She needed a theme accessory for a party. What would be better than a one-of-a-kind bracelet from The House Of William Knot Collection? This one is a Prolong Mat that has been prolonged to 7 bights on each long edge, then raised to 3 passes. Ashley might say doubled twice — but then I ain’t Ashley. The toggle bead isn’t pierced, but is held very tightly in the tender clutches of a Turk’s Head knot worked to the point of nearly destroying both toggle and knot. Finish with a couple of square knots with the tails fished through the Prolong knot to the other end. After a concealed knot at that end to control any pressure that might tend to spread the Prolong’s end bight, add a loop for the toggle to latch into. This loop is closed by a Sailors Lanyard knot (you may choose any of its other 13 names if you desire) with the tails left long for looks and to provide a handhold in the latch / unlatch with one hand game. After you get it on, you can dress the knot so that none of the black paracord shows from the top. I have been told that is compliment bait as well as a spreader of great confusion about how one could tie such things. No glue, no sewing, no wire and nothing up my sleeve, nor any smoke or mirrors.

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William

Published in: on May 31, 2009 at 4:37 PM  Leave a Comment  
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A Turk\s Head Mat: 5 Lead X 9 Bight


Turk's Head Mat.5L X 9B

Turk's Head Mat.5L X 9B

And now for something completely different — a knot with nothing in the middle. This is a 5 lead x 9 bight Turk’s Head knot flattened into a mat. It makes a great thump mat or drink coaster, depending on the material used. This is more the coaster size, made from paracord.

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William

Published in: on May 17, 2009 at 5:19 AM  Leave a Comment  
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