The group of buttons and knots
chosen for The Art of Braiding, Turk's Head II are all new, thus
the instructions are new as well. The exemptions are a few more
common braided Turk's head's needed as groundwork.
As I was deciding on which new
buttons to select, I explored many potential candidates. Of those
possibilities, I only chose those I felt I would want to braid
again. These were the buttons and knots I found fascinating,
attractive and fun to braid. Others I explored did not fit my
criteria so were eliminated. The buttons and knots included range
from easy to braid to more complicated and challenging, but all
are interesting and enjoyable to work.
What is a Turk's-head? Ron Edwards
describes it as "a tubular knot tied with a single strand
which shows a regular repeating pattern and which starts and
finishes in the same place."
A rule, proposed by Clifford
Ashley from Ashley Book of Knots, states, "A knot of one
line is impossible in which the number of leads (parts) and the
number of bights have a common divisor." He adds, "A
knot is never 'nearly right'; it is either exactly right or it
is hopelessly wrong, one or the other; there is nothing in between.
This is not the impossibly high standard of the idealist, it
is a mere fact for the realist to face." This is my favorite
Clifford Ashley quote. I have tried to explain this in many ways;
his quote is prefect and so true.
Several terms are used interchangeably
in this book. The following are synonymous: 1) lace/strings,
2) foundation/skeleton knot, 3) button/knot (when used in the
The Art of Braiding, Turk's Head
II, is in three sections. As in previous books, Parts & Bights
are discussed as they are often difficult to comprehend; however,
in the first section of Turk's Head II, I have decided to illustrate
an additional approach which may make them slightly easier to
Following Parts & Bights
is a section containing instructions and illustrations for the
new Turk's head's with their interweaves and instructions included
The final section contains a
variety of knots and buttons with different interweaves. Some
need one of the more familiar Turk's heads as a foundation. Many
do not and start their own pattern from the beginning.
Whenever possible, 2 or 3 string
colors are used for instruction. This makes the pattern easier
to see. Some of them are 1 continuous string and only allowed
for a single color.
A Glossary, Index and a Materials
Source List are available in the back of the book for reference.
Deciding the names for some of
the buttons has not always been easy, but have done my best.
If they have a distinct name like Headhunters Knot, it
is not a problem.
The photos in Turk's Head II
illustrate each pass needed to braid a particular button that
may display several of the above graphics. These photos are easy
to follow, but for clarity, text is added below each set of photos.
An italicized Note will also provide a comment or observation
that will help with pattern understanding.
As the pattern is followed, the
text will describe common WE 'over one, under one' and 'over
two, under two' passes. Depending on the button, the WE over/under
passes may become over/under three or over/under four (or more).
When the passes increase to a higher number, the text, i.e. three
and four, will be underlined the first time they occur as a cue
to be mindful of their occurrences as braiding commences.