Work done for City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Embroidery with Distant Stitch.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Certificate Module 3 Chapter 5 Cord Making


26th January 2014

It has been most enjoyable to be back in harness again after having been ill for a couple of months at the end of the year.  I have really enjoyed this chapter which has enabled me to enjoy staying warm inside working away while the weather did its worst outside.


Machine wrapped cords

First, I tried some simple cords, formed from several strands of wool or knitting cotton.

3.5.1. machine stitched cords

Next I tried some more unusual things to wrap.

3.5.2 more machine stitched cords


Twisted cords

This was fun to do, although my husband got a bit fed up of having to hold the end steady, particularly when I got in the way of the rugby on TV while twisting the cords!

3.5.3 twisted cords


Knotted cords

It took me a bit of time to get my head around some of these, and I must admit, some turned out rather short since I found it difficult to estimate how much yarn was needed for the knotting.

3.5.4 knotted cords


It took a few tries to get the turk’s head knot right, but eventually I managed it, even though it was just a tiny sample.

3.5.5 turk’s head knot


Plaited cords

This took me back to my childhood when my grandmother would sit and plait my waist-length hair.  I loved the effect of stranding a string of beads through the plait.  I must look in charity shops for some old beads as I loved this look.

3.5.6 plaited cords


Wrapped cords

3.5.7 wrapped cords