A lucet is a weaving tool that is believed to have originated in the Victorian era. The tool uses at least two prongs, and occasionally four or more prongs; it is used for weaving cord. Lucet weaving requires very little need for equipment; in fact the lucet is an optional tool in itself; you can even use your fingers or anything else you can find that has two prongs. The cord made by weaving the following technique will produce a square cord.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Yarn or heavy thread
Grasp the lucet in your left hand, with the prongs pointing upward. Some lucets have a hole drilled into the handle. If there is a whole, put the short end of yarn through the hole. If there is no hole, grasp the yarn with your left thumb, holding it while holding the handle of the lucet. One of the flat sides of the lucet needs to be facing you.
Begin wrapping the yarn around the prongs in a figure eight pattern. The yarn will begin by entering the centre of the prongs. Wrap the yarn around the outside back of the left prong, bringing it around and through the centre. Then wrap the yarn around the outside back of the right prong, bring it back into the centre again. The left side of yarn is held securely while weaving.
Create the first loop. Take the first bottom right loop of yarn and lift it up and over the top loop of yarn on the right prong. Remember to hold the left side yarn in place. Pull the yarn down loosely yet securely to form a knot.
Place the long end of the yarn at the back of the left prong. To make the next loop, pull the first bottom left loop up and over the left prong, just as the right side loop was made.
Continue making knots by repeating steps two through four; weave in this manner until the cord is the desired length.
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