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chickybiker
« on: December 24, 2011 04:24:52 AM »

Hi guys, don't think I have posted in fibre arts before, only made my lucet a while back, and got it out to make these babies recently as it's easy enough to do while you're ill and stuck on the sofa.  Smiley

I found doing the lucet braiding easy enough to do while zoning out in front of the telly, but I had no idea how much longer it would take to sew these little blighters together, it took aaaaaaaaaaggggggggeeeeeeessssssss.........!!   Shocked

Hence the reason why there are only three of them at the moment.   Roll Eyes

The good thing about lucet braiding for coasters and stuff is that the cross section is square, so they sit nicely together in a spiral.  But you guys probably know that already.   Cheesy

So here they are.  I started off with the star that ended up as kind of a flower shape.



But then I wondered if I could do one that was a proper pointy star, and yup, tis possible too.   Grin



I sewed them together with standard white sewing thread, but that showed up on the outside edge so I looked for my sharpie pens, and couldn't believe my luck when I found that they were exactly the right colours!!   Grin



I still can't decide which shape I like best.  I might do like a hybrid next time so the points are in between the two.  Then again I might be too bored and want to do something else entirely, the sewing part is quite hard on your fingers, you definitely need a thimble!
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ysmeine
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2011 06:35:54 AM »

Those are great. I might have to bring out my lucet to play. It never occurred to me to coil them. Did you use cotton? How do you think nylon would work? I bought some because I thought it would be strong. I tried it on my inkle loom, but didn't like how it wove up. It has too much.. something. I couldn't get the tension right.
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ColetteK
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2011 07:22:17 AM »

Beautiful! I like the vibrant colors.
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chickybiker
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2011 07:16:09 AM »

Thanks guys!

ysmeine, I used Patons 'Fab!' double knit. It's 100% acrylic which I found to be easier to get the tension right than with cotton. I think the slight stretch in the acrylic helps with the tension.

Also the 'fluffy' bits that tend to hang off acrylic get sort of woven in when you braid, so you get a more even texture.

I did try using cotton but it slid through my fingers easily. Might just be a case of getting used to it.

Does that help any?
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kimadagem
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2011 09:37:25 AM »

Those are gorgeous. I really like how the variegation in the yarn showed up in the final design.

I've been playing around with lucet cords but it never occurred to me to sew them together to make - something other than a cord! That's really creative.

Meg
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chickybiker
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2011 03:58:23 AM »

Thanks Meg  Grin

If you do have a go at sewing lucet cord together I would love to see pictures. 

I read your lens on different braids.  I made my own lucet from a piece of old hardwood, I think it may have been an old floor board or something, and cut it out with an electric jigsaw, filed off the edges and sanded it.  It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  If you have the tools and can find a scrap of hardwood I would definitely recommend giving it a go.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012 11:37:40 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2012 04:27:40 PM »

AWW, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2012 07:20:08 AM »

These are awesome! Congrats on best of 2011!
Makes me want to get my lucet out and play with it!
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