Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Notebook knot work...

If you carry a notebook, journal, day planner, day runner, etc. and it has enough room, like the spiral binding on this one, you can try adding some paracord. The size of the book will determine how much cord you use. I ended up using close to 10 feet of 550 paracord on this 6 inch tall day planner.

It's tied similarly to a paracord bracelet, but you run the cord around the binding and back through the outer binding rings before you start knotting and again through the center of the spiral section at the end. This start used a little over 3 feet of cord without counting the knotted section. I also ran the knot strands through the outer binding to keep it close/flat and secured against the spine, but you can skip doing that if you want the knotted paracord to make more of a hand grip/handle for the book.

8 comments:

Albert A Rasch said...

Clever idea, and very attractive.

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Velu said...

Hey storm.

Haven't seen you arounds for some time now. Good to see you back.

Cheers,
Velu

SurvivalTopics.com said...

That is clever indeed. Your work is always an inspiration and compels me to try it!

Joy said...

Very cool looking. Does it affect the book opening in any way? I'm wondering if it can lie flat like this.

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Stormdrane said...

When opened up, it is raised slightly in the center with the paracord underneath, but not enough to affect writing on either side.

The binding on this Day Planner is about an inch thick, so it's large enough for four strands of paracord though the center without overcrowding the pages. For a smaller binding, I'd probably just run two strands through. I haven't tried it on any others yet...

SB89 said...

Not quite as neat as yours Stormdrane, but had a crack at doing one myself on a freebie jotter I had lying around using some tan Atlantco paracord (nowhere near as good as the British army stuff I just got from the Overlord show).

See below: http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/508/dscn0782v.jpg, http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/1285/dscn0785.jpg, http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/9431/dscn0789.jpg

Stormdrane said...

It looks good and having the ends out to use as a page/book mark is cool too. :)

Rhonda said...

Very nice.