This tutorial will show you how you can make cord that can be used for anything from braclets and necklaces to keychains and wraping 'bow'. It looks woven to everyone but the most astute observer and you can make miles of it in minutes.
What you'll need:
- Yarn (two colors)
- Something that spins
Step 1: Attach the Ends of the Yarn Pair.
Cut two long lengths (10 feet) of yarn, one strand for each of your two colors.
Attach one end of the yarn pair to something stationary.
Attach the other end to something that spins in a controlled manner. Here I'm using a cordless drill but an handheld mixer or the PTO on a tractor would work too.
Step 2: Twist!
Stretch the yarn pair snug and then turn on your twister (drill in this case)
The right amount of twist is important you'll want your yarn pair to look as it does in this picture.
After a few tries if you twist too much or too little you'll know and you can use the same length of yarn to try again.
Here I used a cordless drill and needed to set it on high speed.
Step 3: Fold Your Twisted Yarn Pair in Half
While keeping a little tension on your now twisted yarn pair have a friend
Have a friend pinch and hold the center of the line while you walk the end that is attached to the trill to the end that was attached to the door.
As you do this the yarn will twist again onto itself the opposite direction leaving you with a cord that is half the length you started with that appears to be 4 strands woven or knotted together (but we know its just twisted)
Step 4: Cut the Cord
Working with this cord is easy but you want to keep it from unraveling.
To do that tie knots on either side of a cut before cutting.
Bracelets and necklaces can be easily secured by threading an end knot though a portion of unraveled cord.
The cord will constantly try to twist the opening you've made closed and keep the ends together.