The Butterfly Queen
Invented by Adam Milligan, aboard the Malaspina Ferry in June 1998.
1, [Double string--make Fish Spear. (Jayne, pp.32-33, figs. 61-63) Left
hand above, palm down. While beginning the storey below make the tree.]
In a certain village long ago there grew a very special tree.
Once upon a time a man was walking through this village when he spied
the most beautiful woman he had ever laid eyes on.
2, [Remove right index finger from the right index loop leaving tree
to hang from left hand. ]
Instantly enamored of this woman, he climbed the highest tree in
the town to get a better view of her.
While watching the object of his affections one of the tree limbs
3, [ branch breaks by dropping left index loop allowing this loop to
The townspeople were furious, for this tree was sacred to them. That
night the townspeople decided that the man would be hung at dawn and so
that very night they built the gallows.
4. [With Right Thumb and Index Finger pull out and down on the broken
branch, the former left index loop, to raise the hangman's noose up the
gallows. Pull the noose up till it comfortably stops. When you let go of
this loop if a twist forms remove it.]
At dawn the next day when the hangman asked if he had any last words
the man, kneeling on the gallows, ...
5. [Moving the left hand left-to-right lay the former left index loop,
now hanging below the hangman's noose, across the knee.]
... spoke up and said, "Yesterday I saw the most beautiful woman
in the world. Now I can die a happy man. Carry on."
Now, the beautiful woman, who was actually a faerie queen, was in
the crowd and heard this.
She was so flattered by his words ...
6. [With the Right Thumb and Middle Finger on either side of the "noose
knot" pick up folded loop from knee on the backs of thumb and middle finger;
return loops on back of Right thumb and middle finger through Left thumb
and little loops--not too far nor too hard and release them to form butterfly's
... that she turned the man into a butterfly and he flew away.
7. [ Move Left thumb and little finger together and apart to flap wings
and fly away.]
These first three titles are good books for beginners of Kai Kai. The fourth title is fairly technical by comparison and includes an ethnological introduction and comparisons of methods.
Cat's Cradle, Owl's Eyes: A Book of String Games Camilla Gryski, Beech Tree, ISBN 0-688-03941-3
Many Stars & More String Games Camilla Gryski, William Morrow and Company, ISBN 0-688-05792-6
Super String Games Camilla Gryski, William Morrow and Company, ISBN 0-688-07684-X
String Figures and How to Make Them Caroline Furness Jayne, Dover Books, ISBN 0-486-20152-X
The International String Figure Association was founded in 1978. The primary goal of the organisation is to gather and distribute string figure knowledge through the publication of the Bulletin of the International String Figure Association and the String Figure Magazine.
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