Cord Winder Method

Cord winders have three or four hooks, to make two-, three-, or four-ply cords from yarns of any fiber or from already twisted

1. Making cord using a ball and pencil.

2. Yarns tied to cord winder hooks and hooks on the baseboard. 3. The yarns transferred to a single hook on the hook board, before the second twist.

yarn. You will probably wish to make the cord from the same yarn as the skirt, if you have one. Four-strand cords look the best.

It's possible to make a cord from four single strands of yarn, but it is easier if they are doubled, or trebled, depending on the thickness of the cord Clamp the board with the hooks onto the back of a chair or the edge of a door, then lay the cord winder on the seat of a chair or on the floor some distance away Push the restraining catch into its hole.

Tie one end of the yarn(s) to one of the hooks on the board, walk to the cord winder and loop the yarn around a corresponding hook and then back again to the same hook on the board. Tie the two ends together securely Do not leave long lengths of yarn hanging, as they will twist with each other and ruin the process.

Do the same for the other sets of hooks, so that you now have four separate lengths of yarn tied to four hooks Keep the same tension on all the yarns, which should be parallel Hold the cord winder at waist level, under tension, and turn the handle. Each hook should turn separately to twist the yarn, the head does not revolve The number of turns will depend on the lengt h of yarn and the amount of twist wanted on the final cord You will feel the cord winder being pulled away from you. and the yarn should kink a bit. More twist means a firmer cord

With the cord winder hanging over the back of the chair, under tension, transfer all the yarn to a single hook on the hook board.

Go back to the winder and remove the restraining catch Continue winding slowly in the same direction, still keeping the yarn under tension The whole head now r , i^ords, and the cord revolves and the four sets of yarn will winder they were made on.

twist around each other Turn until the entire length is twisted, and then a bit more It does not matter if there is too much twist, because it will drop out when you take it off the hooks. Lift the cord off the hooks and tie a knot at each end to prevent it from unwinding.

Yarn colors: You can use more than one yarn or color on each hook, depending on the thickness of the final cord If you are using a mixture of yarns, some will stretch while you are winding and will need to be tightened and knotted again tasselm aking

Basic tassels are simple to make and can be decorated with a beaded neck, ruff, or fringed skirt I am providing here three methods of tasselmaking that I use in different circumstances

Many of the tassels in this book are made by simply pulling a cord, a hank of yarn looped through it. gently but firmly through a bead or a tube of beading, so that the fold of yarn comes just to the top of the bead or the tube The tassel should be quite hard to pull through; if it isn't, add more yarn The bead or the tube of beading is the only thing that is holding the tassel together and it should be a tight fit.

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