Well awl be! A turk’s head knot!

Bookbinding Awl with Turk's Head Knot

A couple weeks ago I was bitten by the friendship bracelet bug (maybe it’s because it is summer time, and I remember making friendship bracelets at summer camp) – anyway, I was knotting away on a chevron bracelet when my husband came by and said “ooh, friendship bracelets – I used to be pretty good at making those” and I said “oh yeah? well why don’t you make me one?” and he said “mmm…I think I’m kinda past friendship bracelets” and I said “ok, how about a MARRIAGE bracelet lol” and he said “yeah maybe”

well, 3 hours later, he comes back with my bookbinder’s awl and he’s added a GORGEOUS turk’s head knot around it – 4 strand braid, and it appears to have no beginning or end. What a cool surprise!

Turk's Head Knot on a Bookbinding Awl

you can turn the awl around and never find the beginning or end of the knot…

 

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Ruth

Thanks Liesan!

I know, I’ll probably have this longer than a friendship bracelet too 🙂

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Lotus

What a sweetheart he is!!!
I remember my dad teaching me how to do a Turk’s head knot for a bracelet. We used thick twine and made it look like a braid (but only three). I still remember how! Now I’ve got to find some twine… ; )
Lotus

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Ruth

Thanks Lotus, yes those sailor bracelets were super popular when I was in high school – you’d take a shower with one on and it would shrink!

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