Tying the knot

Yesterday was my wedding anniversary – seven years since I tied the knot.  So it got me wondering about the origins of “tying the knot”.  Here’s my fave little bits of useless knowledge to enlighten your day (NB I recommend some care if ever google imaging about tying knots – activity best not undertaken around children… and husbands for that matter ;)).

Joshua Withers – “marriage celebrant that only does fun weddings” (who wouldn’t want Josh?! – love it) informed me that before the 18th century most marriages were not officiated in churches, but in the local village or forest, in a simple ceremony where the two people came together, and the symbolic gesture of this two-become-one ceremony were their hands being tied together.  Between 1753 and 1939 in my bonnie homeland of Scotland handfasting ceremonies were banned because only the church could officiate weddings.

hand tying

Several sources suggested that the term comes from the fact that before the luxury of today’s sprung bases and pillow tops, beds were strung together from rope and wood.  To make a marriage bed you literally needed to “tie the knot”.  My favourite addition to this little nugget was the suggestion that the term actually arose from the fact that on the wedding night  the bed would require additional strength and agility from extra knotted rope.


And I liked this one – illiterate sailors and soldiers would send piece of rope to their sweethearts when they wanted to get married – if the rope came back with a knot in it that was a “yes”!  hmmmm diamond ring or piece of rope?  Am sure Christian Grey might have been a fan of this tradition…..

heart knotPromise – back to some actual knotting next post… less random info.  Until then… the knot studio xxxx



New year, new project?

Mega cross stitch? String Art? Weaving?

I’m not quite sure about 2014 yet.  It seemed to sneak up on me when I wasn’t quite ready.  Not like 2013, that just couldn’t come quick enough.  Normally by now I am starting to crack under the pressure of at least one of my resolutions (usually related to depriving myself of life’s good things). But this year I’m feeling a little behind the eight ball – I haven’t even finalised my resolutions yet.  What I have decided is that I’m better at goal oriented resolutions …. so I thought I would share a few of the things inspiring me that might just might make it to a 2014 project list (if I ever do finish the 2013 list….).

Mega cross stitch. Check out this amazingness fom Belgium designer Charlotte Lancelot for Gan Rugs.

String Art.  I’m a little worried that adding string art to macrame might just be a little too 70’s, even for me.  But once again, it’s all about scale, context and the modern take on an old craft.  Check out these fab chairs by Jessica Carnevale.

But when it comes to string art you really can’t go past Janet Echelman.  This woman’s work is really quite mind blowing.  Now this is string art….




Hand woven wall hanging.  I am coveting one of these at the moment….The first one below is by Maryanne Moodie (as featured in the design files earlier last year) and the second by Justina Blakeney.


In the mean time, I’m off to keep working on a few more of those things left over from the 2013 list before I get too carried away, including finishing my mega knitting project,  making the macrame wall hanging in my head that belongs on my lounge room wall and some more experimenting with knitting with rope.  Hope to share the labours of my love soon.

Kirst xxx