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



  1. I love the samples and you blog is so slick with the descriptions over the top of images. This could make a very professional book. Very imnpressed

  2. I can see you have enjoyed this chapter Catherine because you have some lovely samples. I especially like your plaited and wrapped cords.

  3. Smashing samples and beautifully presented! Just lovely. Glad you're feeling brighter.

  4. Lovely samples,especially like the half knot one ,very ingenious.Glad you are feeling better.

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