Creating a sennit is literally tying one knot on top of another to create band or braid. Crown sennit braids do not require a loom or disk: knots are completed by simply holding the cords or bundles of fibre then moving and interlacing the elements with your hands. The technique is often considered braiding by kumihimo schools.
This two-session class will expand on sennit basics by changing the number of braided strands and modifying the strand layout from round to rectangular. New variations that can be applied to any crown sennit include stellation and strand recombination.
Of course, any variety of crown sennit can also be tied as a good luck knot which will be demonstrated as well as finishing techniques.
Students will be acquiring the skills needed to create a lovely spiral lariat and decorative knotted tassel.
Instructor: Carol Wang
Following in the footsteps of her mother, a serial crafter who would change obsessions every few months moving from rug hooking to embroidery to decoupage, Carol Wang enjoys many crafts including beading, braiding, knitting, and crochet. Sparked by the gift of a book, she has been studying decorative knots (and collecting knotty books!) for nigh on 40 years. Self-taught, she tries to share what she has learned by posting on http://chineseknotting.org and http://knottynotions.com and teaching to Girl Guides, exhibiting at Maker Fairs, and teaching at Braids.
Carol’s particular joy lies with finding or forging connections between disparate things. Whether that might be exploring the use of the same knot in mizuhiki, net making, and boondoggling; turning theoretical mathematical objects into physical knots; or tying knots with fibre optic cables. She also experiments with making technology like CNC and laser cutters, usually to make tools to assist with other crafts.
Saturday, January 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Eastern Time and Saturday, January 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Eastern Time.
This class consists of two 2 hour sessions presented via Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function. This class will be recorded, edited and posted in the class information. Posting the video generally takes between 48 and 72 hours.
- 2-3mm cord
While crown sennits can be tied in any number of materials from hay to plastic lacing to wire, for ease of learning I recommend a 2-3mm cord such as satin cord (also known as rattail) or blind shade cord. Larger or smaller diameters such as paracord or thick beading cord can also be used as long as you are comfortable with the scale of the results.
This class is perfect for beginners and for students who want to advance their knowledge of sennit braiding.