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« on: December 05, 2019 08:28:32 AM »

This ought to go in "Fiber arts: general" or "other" but we don't seem to have that, so here I am.  I've been working on medallion cords for my SCA barony (local group, medieval dress-up) so that the Baron & Baroness have something to put award tokens on when they give them out.  Our colors are blue & white, so I got some small skeins of cotton & silk weight 10 thread to play with and started experimenting with various historical cord-making techniques.

Here's the sampler photo:
*the top is square lucet cording: very tight, slightly stretchy, works best in silk.  Can make it as long as you want.  Easy to pick up/put down but kinda slow & tends to cramp my hand if I work on it too long.
*on the left is fingerloop braiding: this is not my thing; working with pre-cut cords & unless you've got a partner the fixed length is determined by how long your arms are; it looks pretty but mostly comes out too loose so the loops catch in things; also it hurts my fingers to do, so I'm not that invested in getting better. 
*at the bottom is "viking" whipcording: comes out tight & sturdy, super quick, and easy to do in really long lengths, see below.

Whipcording set-up!  It's like basic kumihimo, only upside down-- you need something to hang it off of (I picked up this stick out of the woods at an event), bobbins with a little weight to them (the clothespins were just fine, though I'm told if you start going faster you want something a little heavier), and your string to braid.  I wrapped 2 strands of my cotton around a picnic table a bunch of times for length, and then re-wrapped it onto the clothespin bobbins.  Easy peasy. 

Then you hold them up like this (with both hands, & then get someone else to take your pictures!) & then drop the two opposite bobbins so they swing through & switch places, then the other pair, then back, and you're off. 

And two hours later you've suddenly got about 10 yards of pretty nice cord...

ETA: I've been warned *not* to do a search for Viking Whipcording on the open internet (apparently something NSFW comes up?  I don't know; I searched through pinterest & it was fine) but if you want a more in-depth tutorial, start with Eithni's page here, and further pattern options can be found at Patterns & diversions.
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2019 09:34:01 AM »

<3 cool!

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2019 10:14:11 AM »


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That looks like so much work, but the end product is just gorgeous. Love the colors.

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2019 11:26:14 AM »

Wow! A whole new world I have ever even thought to consider is right here in this post!  SUPER COOL!

And I'm not even talking about "Viking Whipcording"!  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2019 02:28:45 PM »

That's awesome! I love your set-up, and will totally save those links for the future. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2019 08:35:15 AM »

Very cool!

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