Monday, July 7, 2014

More Lucets

I made these lucets after reading up on home made ones. The green one is made from polymer clay. It was old and somewhat dried out and I'm not good with clay either. I don't even have an oven, but I read that you could put it in a plastic container and cover it with water and harden it in the microwave! It worked! The yarn is a little thick and stiff and it doesn't slide very well. I have to fiddle with each knot to get the right tension. I think it's the yarn though. When I'm done with this one, I'll try a different yarn.
The fork one is slippery enough, but it's small and fiddly. I'm not a tiny and fiddly kind of person. I think it would work better if I hadn't bent the tines out.
I don't know if I'll be able to do any cord thick enough to be a dog leash (although my old dog only needs a thin cord just to keep him from wandering out into the road when we walk.)
I managed to get a scrap of wood from a woodworker friend. When I get the ambition, I'll see if I can made a wooden one.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Lucet

I've always been intrigued with lucet cording. It's an ancient craft and looked to me like it would go fast. I've done inkle weaving but it's a production to warp up a loom to do something simple like a dog leash. (Besides, my inkle loom is in storage)

I've tried kumihimo cording which does beautiful cords, but it's a bit tedious. Great for meditating.

I read that you could make simple lucets out of a plastic spoon by breaking off the two middle tines. I realized I had just the thing to practice on - a wooden shuttle.

 This was my first practice piece with thick yarn. It was even easier than I thought and went fast. Now I really have to get a proper lucet.