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COIN knot

About this knot,

its origins, cultures, adaptations and more.

金钱结

hair-tie
cup coaster
necklace
binder chain
bag/phone charm
pot coaster
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Origins

Ancient Chinese coins have a hole in the middle so that they can be strung together with a rope or string, and are attached to the belt or simply placed inside a cloth bundle. Since ancient people do not carry bags or wallets, and paper money are for much higher amounts, such coin designs ensure that coins are kept secured. The Coin knot depicts those coins strung together, and is meant as a wealth charm.

Cultures

Many cultures have their own version of the Coin knot. 

- Celtic Heart knots are very similar in presentation. Observe the difference in links from the 2 'ear' loops to the centre loop.

- Celtic Josephine knot is exactly like the Chinese Coin knot, though the method of tying differs. 

- Japanese Muzuhiki have a few varieties, but the most common ones Awajimusubi have the same presentation as the Chinese Coin knot.

Adaptations

Look for different ways to use things, and here are some ideas of Coin knots with a difference.

Tie along a plain black elastic hair tie, wire or cable.

Close the loop and it becomes a cup coaster.

Use them on skirts and t-shirts as embellishments.

Add them to bags, pouches and pencil-cases.

Sew them on cushions, pillow cases and sofas.

Combine them into decorative macrame.

Be inspired. Be creative. Be bold. 

Join my workshops to learn the basic knot, bring back the know-how for your own creations. 

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