I mentioned in my red linen apron dress post that I had used some four-strand braid / whipcord on the top edge of the apron dress… well that was AFTER I learned how to make it (of course!) I just am posting these a little backwards.
I also mentioned whipcord/ 4-strand braid in my previous post, where I had a bunch of different links for instructions/etc. Well – here’s the results!
The first challenge was the ‘bobbins’ – I don’t have proper bobbins, nor do I even have any old-fashioned clothes pins – but I did have kilt pins and binder clips. I know they’re nothing alike – but they served the purpose well enough. The kilt pin was just handy – has a bit of weight to it without too much, and acts as a winding surface. Anything I’m sure would have done actually. The binder clips just clip the wound thread to the pin – allowing me to keep the tails at the right length, and then lengthen them more as the cord is created.
I also used a pair of hemostats to ‘pause’ the braiding, and a metal ruler with another binder clip to hold the braid beginning above my head (and then wound it around the ruler as the braid developed.
It’s no where near authentic – and it’s not high-tech in any way – but it works…
I did notice a few tension problems as I was making the cord, but for the most part I found it pretty successful. It takes a bit to get into the rhythm, and I actually found that when I got TOO into the rhythm it was easier to throw myself off…. but it doesn’t take too long to make a strand of useable cord.
Here’s the cord on the white wool hood which in this photo is a work-in-progress. The cord will be used to tie the hood back/forward as needed when worn, and I used doubled-up Pearl cotton in red and blue-grey to match the embroidery on the hood.