Lise Silva

Sacred Knots Workshop: Creating Temple Cords

Sunday June 26th 2016 5pm-8pm


Knotting connects us to the past and grounds us in the present, using hand and mind in skillful play like an active meditation. The limitless possibilities of a single cord, connecting and intertwining, was thought by our ancestors to explain the workings of the cosmos and activate the powers of the subconscious. From the manifestation powers of Chinese knots to the metaphysical principles in Celtic designs, craftsmen and women from around the world communicated systems of belief through knots.  By expressing our dreams through a system of symbols, knots also propel us into the future.

Knotted wall hangings are a way to bring the meanings of specific knots into your space, as many ancient cultures believed knots could help us to remember and manifest. As "priest cords" defined spiritual goals in a sequence of knots attached to a monk's robe, temple cords are a sequence of sacred knots to hang in your home.  In this 3 hour workshop you will learn about basic knotting technique, how to make ancient knots from around the world and their meanings, beading cord and tassel construction, and create a wall hanging for your home based on a sequence of knots that express your dreams and desires. You will be designing your own wallhanging to reflect your life journey using a simple guide and in-class instruction. Included in this course are cotton cords, brass charms, beads, yarn tassels in several colors and stones for you to add to your piece. You will also take home a booklet to inspire future creations.    

The class will be held at the shop:
Gravel & Gold
3266 21st St
San Francisco, CA

$160 includes all materials & booklet



Lise Silva

Lise Silva is an artist based in Oakland, CA.  She explores the power of symbols through her work with Sacred Knots creating fiber jewelry and wall hangings with handmade cord entwined in knot designs that serve as a metaphor for life experiences, dreams, and deep desires.  Her collaborative jewelry designs with metal worker and Spirit Speak tarot creator Mary Elizabeth Evans, called In The House of Lovers, is a