Traditional rope used to tie the knot. Natural white, not so bright as to spoil a photo, but still not 'off white,' these wedding knots are a classic touch to the seaside tablescape.
These monkey fist knots are about 4 1/2 inches across and made of 3/8 inch white cotton rope with 5 passes.
Tied around a ball, these knots are tough. The 5 ply provides more structure than our original 3 ply. You'll find guests wanting to take these home after your event, but you also might want to use them decoratively in a bowl by your mantle. For the true environmentalist, they can be recycled into a dog's toy since there is actually a tennis ball hiding deep inside.
We continually make these and keep rope on hand. If you need more than we show in stock, please let us know so we can help!
Mystic is the nautical wedding capital of New England. On a June weekend, there are at least 10 weddings going on within 15 minutes of our shop. From the Mystic Seaport and Aquarium to Stonington Vineyards, Saltwater Vineyards, Mystic River Shipyard, through all the churches in town and countless home services, we know our nautical weddings here. As I type this, Latitude 41 is preparing a wedding reception with our knots, guests waiting for tomorrow have stopped in to thank us and say hi.
It's a special honor tying the ropes you use to tie the knot, let us help make the finishing touches for your event.
A nautical home isn't complete without our knotted bowl. We weave our knot mat pattern, tighten it up and shape it into a bowl!
A rope covered tennis ball for your dog. Throw it, tug it, your dog will love it!
Both are tied from 3/8" cotton rope
The large monkey fist dog toy is 4" and is tied around a tennis ball, this one will float for your dogs that live to swim.
For smaller dogs, we have the smaller one tied around a 1.25" hardwood ball. That one measures 3" across.
Mystic Knotwork is the best and most complete source of nautical sailor knot bracelets, woven knot decorations for your home. Here is your source for the special touches for nautical wedding accent pieces as well.
The first and oldest knot shop in the United States, Mystic Knotwork created the nautical style bracelet that has grown in popularity and been adopted by fashion styles through the years. Starting in the coastal and nautical worlds, our work was adopted by the hippie movement of the 60's, surged during the macrame craze of the 70's. We have to admit to playing with neon colors in the 80's, and the style continues on as giving a sense of authenticity and nostalgia all the way through. We are especially grateful for the last decade and the turn to American Made and high quality personal style.
To put it in perspective. Dwight Eisenhower is President, Elvis Presley bought Graceland, and Mystic Knotwork made the news. The year is 1957 and the countries first decorative knot shop was already open to the public. Artisans traveled from all around the world to learn knot tying from my grandfather and he and my grandmother created the style that is still popular in coastal villages all around the United States.
Mystic Knotwork nautical style has a style all it's own. We joke that trends find us every 5 or 6 years, but the coastal community all over the country stays. Seaside style needs knots. Fashion and decorating trends come and go. We won't chase those trends, we just make the essential elements of fashion and home decoration to let you show your most authentic self.
Our knots all have stories behind them, both histories of use aboard ships of the sea, but equally odd stories about how the ideas moved into the nautical world. As a teaser: in 2006, a sale of 25 dog toys was our entry into the Nautical Wedding market...the rest of the story is on this site somewhere, enjoy your visit, and please support American Made knot tyers working from our 180 year old building in Historic Downtown Mystic, CT.