Sunday, February 28, 2010


I actually started learning some knots! I have a somewhat obsessive personality type, so once I start something, I can't put it down. Over the course of yesterday, I learned these knots:
Wae dorae:
Dorae wasn't too bad once I got it. Wae dorae, strangely, I found harder than dorae, but I'm getting better. With these two knots, the hardest thing for me is making them close to one another. Some of the jewelry pieces in Elegant Knotted Jewelry require a whole bunch of these knots back to back, so I have to learn how to make them closer together.

Hapjong was quite easy and looks really cool in two colours.

Nalgae wasn't too hard, but it's hard to make the knots look consistent. It kind of reminds me of when you first start knitting and your tension is all over the place. Even tension and consistency can take some serious time to achieve.

The last knot, dongshimgyeol, gave me the most trouble. It's hard to hold all the pieces of cord in one hand while threading with the other. But it looks super cool when it's done. I was pretty proud.

I'm now working on garakji, and this I'm finding the most challenging yet. I can do the knot itself no problem. Actually, I use a large metal tapestry needle to do the threading and it takes no time at all (I'm sure that's a no-no with many traditional maedeup artists). It's the tightening that I can't get! But I'm so determined to get it, so you'll see a picture of it soon enough. I think it is such a cool-looking knot, so I can't wait. And it seems to be used quite a lot in maedeup pieces, so I can't just skip it.

All of my knots are far from perfection right now, but I'm digging maedeup so far. Grace also likes it.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's from the cord you bought the other day? They look great.

Our Little Bonbon said...

I think I will have to seek out that book. I would love to learn how to do the knots.

Sarah said...

@WGS: yep, it's the cord. I shoulda got more though. Silly me. Guess I'll just have to go back! ;)

@OLB: I highly recommend the book. Maybe we can do some maedeup together!

Becky said...

Sarah! I can't tell you how many weeks of classes it took for me to get where you are already. Great job.

wendy said...

just blog-hopping and saw these pics of your interesting hobby. while i was living there in seoul with my toddler, i wasn't able to do anything else but take care of him and some reading. but you can do this!

pennysma said...

hi sarah~ saw this in a magazine today and remembered your post:

Maedeup Classes for foreigners

Mar 9,16,23,30, April 6,13, 1:30-3:30pm, Seorae Global Village Center, Seocho-gu,

Sarah said...

Wow, good to know there are some classes out there. Thanks for that information, I appreciate it. I am going to keep an eye out for classes that fit my soon as I know what my schedule is....