The Year of the Knots


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Here are instructions and projects that celebrate the diverse beauty and creative possibilities of macrame and knots. Whether you are an expert at knot tying, have experience with macrame, or are new to knots, projects abound: a necklace, a dog leash, along with wall hangings and a hanging light. At the heart of the story is the simple, empowering idea that a single year is all the time you need to make a life-changing creative leap. Contents feature:

  • Doughnut Knot
  • Gift Knot
  • Gold Chain Sinnet
  • Four-Ply Single-Strand Lanyard Knot
  • Constrictor Knot
  • Cowboy’s Pretzel Flat Knot
  • Captain Hardy’s Eye Splice
  • And more!

Every day for a year, artist Windy Chien learned to tie a new kind of knot and then shared the results on Instagram—revolutionizing knot art and reinventing her life and career in the process. In The Year of Knots, Chien describes how her knot-making project led her on a path of discovery.

The book combines projects, tutorials, and transformative personal stories, all aimed at inspiring readers to make knotting—and creativity in general—part of a meditative daily practice. The knots in the book are gorgeously documented step-by-step for the many knot- and macramé-obsessed readers out there wanting to try it themselves.

Windy says in her introduction that “knots are little miracles of science.” Readers will feel the same way because of Windy’s incredible enthusiasm, knowledge, and talent.


Cover: Hard
Pages: 192