A – MACHINED CORDS
The method I used was the drinking straw as well as hand feeding the materials. I used a varied of materials including plastic.
From Left to right: Turquoise felt and wool, embroidery thread (blue core and magenta top stitch), next a cord of blue cloth and magenta tape, followed by cord of plastic and tape, then one of plain plastic, the next cord was wool and silk, then embroidery thread and the last blue cord is from sewing two strips of cloth.
The magenta cords are 2 cords from Sari ribbon followed by hand dyed silk and embroidery thread and tape.
B – TWISTED CORDS
Magenta Twisted Cords were made from a variety of materials.
From left to right:
The first two on the left were made by using the bobbin in my sewing machine, I anchored the yarn in the bobbin and held this up vertically while running the machine. Third from left is a simple twist made from wool. Next to this the cord is made from hand dyed silk with knotted inserts. Next sari silk ribbon was twisted and then I used a flat ribbon in the last twisted cord.
Blue and combined colours: (I do apologize for the photography)
From Left to right:
Far left is twisted strips of hand dyed fabric, then a fancy ribbon, the turquoise blue is wool and then I used a fuzzy multi coloured wool. The last four cords are a combination of my two selected colours. The skinny cord is from embroidery thread, followed by yarn, the paler combination was made from cord while the hairy one is a fancy yarn twisted with a plain wool, the last one is the fuzzy and plain wool twisted together.All of these cords were then used in creating KNOTTED, PLAITED AND WRAPPED CORDS. Below is a selection a cards made for tassels.
Left to right:
Overhand knots using yarn rwisted cord., next half hitch knots close together and apart using machine cord. Cords were used in the next Pawnee Braid cord, then fuzzy wool twisted cord used for Continuous twist chain cord, the last wool twisted cord has a Pawnee Braid at the top and alternate chaining at the bottom.
These knots were worked in commercial cord (blue and green), the first to the left is flat while the green and magenta (made cords) have been pulled up into a ball.
Description of Plaited Cords:
Left to right beads, plastic and emboidery thread cords, followed by yarn and wool cords of various thickness, the middle cord is two fabric cords with one thin embroidery thread, the next cord is yarn cords of the same weight, and the last cord is made from machined cords of similar weights.
In Figure 8 these three cords are fabric twisted cords wrapped irregularly with wool (first left); embroidery cord and the last is a long fabric cord (doubled in photograph) wrapped with machine embroidery cord.
In Figure 9 these yarn twisted cords are wrapped in regular intervals with embroidery thread (first two on left) and yarn.
The last two cords (Figure 10 )are thick twisted cords wrapped in a criss-cross fashion with yarn cords.
I was truly amazed at the different effects of all these cords, I just wish I had more coloured plastic to make more of those.
Now off to tassels.