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asemery

Making Cordage with a Braiding Disk

Take a square of cardboard and cut off the corners to make an octagon.  I used the top of a pizza take out box and made a 4" square (size of square is not critical).    Cut a 3/4" (again not ctitical) slit on center of each side of the octagon.  Cut a hole in center of square.  Take 7 strands of cord and tie overhand knot in one end.


Push overhand knot in center of hole and put one strand each in seven slits  leaving the empty slit in the East (3 o'clock)  position.  Clip a light weight (bulldog clip) to the knot.  


I find it easier to move the disk in a counter-clockwise direction but you can move the disk clockwiase as long as you are consistant.  Count over 3 positions clockwise and take the cord there (red cord, south-west position) and move it up to the empty slot.  shift the disk counter-clockwise so the empty slot is in the East (3 o'clock) position.


That is all there to it.  Count over three clockwise, move the cord there to the empty slot, and turn the disk so the empty slot is at the East.







Will bring us to here.  When  the white cord is moved to the empty slot the cords will once again be in the be starting order.





Continue in this manner until finished.  Tie end in overhand knot.

You will get an unholy mess on your hands if you don't straiaghten out the cords from time to time


When you use 2 colors you can see the spiral pattern appear

Border

Thanks........I will be using that for a new lanyard for my dog whistles.
asemery

Here is one project with the braiding disk.  I started with almost 4' of threads to make a 1 foot usable length of cordage.  In the middle of the 4' of the yarns I braided for about 2".


I folded the braid in half to form the loop and re-strung the braiding disk with doubled threads.


I braided until the ends got too short and ended up with a 1' long section of braid from end of loop to end of braid.


If the doubled cord is too thick you can thin it out.  After the first few rounds you can start cutting one of the strands in each slot.  Do this gradually maybe one cut every other round and the braid will thin out.  The ends will be hidden in the braid.  


You can make a very useful soft shackle with this  braid.  Tie a knot in the end and put the knot through the loop end.  A very handy way to hang items from a belt or anywhere else.
Digindeep

asemery, I personally enjoy your imput  / threads.
Many, many years back I was A Member of the Sea Cadets...absolutely enjoy your posts.
(HMS Sterling)

We were taught rope knots and how to tie up boats / ships and so on.
A few years back I was lucky enough  to go sailing on a 40 footer. many great weekends.

Somehow those early days came back. Seeing fraing  ropes. some how sorted..Tying up to the dock....

It all came back / second nature ,,,,,Continue your brilliant work....

Every piece has its place..Thank you for posting your rare skills

 
Rena

I agree with Digin, totally enjoy your posts!
kaz

These cords seem to be quite popular at the moment - someone from our knitting group bought a commercial kit for her grandaughter with moulded plastic discs after teaching her to do it with the cardboard discs like yours.
Pilsbury

I learnt to weave braids on my fingers using 6 strands of thread doubled, tie tye loose ends together and secure to your jeans or shoe laces with a safety pin and loop them on your fingers and pass tyen back and forwards on fingers.
Once you start you cajt stop though so i havent done any in years lol.
Digindeep

Somewhere in the back of my old brain, I also seem to remember Disc's
Which we wrapped left over from my Nan's knitting wools .
Seriously trying to remember why?

Little mats/coasters to go under tea cups..or did Nan turn each into our bed covers...
Many , many years ago, yet somewhere in the back of my "ED"..its there>

Also remember Nan cutting up old clothes, pulling each piece through old hessian spud sacks to make rugs/carpet pieces..................

Now that takes me back.....every Saturday night, watching a very small black and white TV...
About 8 pm she would slice the Bloomer loaf, toast it over the old fire grate, on one of those long forks, patted butter from the local grocers,or if you were really lucky "Dripping"....with some salt.......

 

Those were the days....My Yoof..........
Digindeep

Somewhere in the back of my old brain, I also seem to remember Disc's
Which we wrapped left over from my Nan's knitting wools .
Seriously trying to remember why?

Little mats/coasters to go under tea cups..or did Nan turn each into our bed covers...
Many , many years ago, yet somewhere in the back of my "ED"..its there>

Also remember Nan cutting up old clothes, pulling each piece through old hessian spud sacks to make rugs/carpet pieces..................

Now that takes me back.....every Saturday night, watching a very small black and white TV...
About 8 pm she would slice the Bloomer loaf, toast it over the old fire grate, on one of those long forks, patted butter from the local grocers,or if you were really lucky "Dripping"....with some salt.......

 

Those were the days....My Yoof..........
12Bore

[quote="Digindeep:325351"]Somewhere in the back of my old brain, I also seem to remember Disc's
Which we wrapped left over from my Nan's knitting wools .
Seriously trying to remember why?

To make bobbles/pom-poms?
sod

Well    I remember we had wide mouth milk bottles for school and they had a straw hole in them so we used to wash them to  make such things. Now you have brought back great days to mind thank you. Also as 12Bore said  
Grandma Bodger

I also remember makng rag rugs in the war we cut up anything that was a bit bright, we use to get bits from the mills in Congleton  They made sport shirts for the forces I can remember trying to brighten up my hiking hat that way unfortunatly it made it too heavy so didnt get worn again  

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