Handout for my class on Cords: 4 construction methods. A comparison of lucet vs. 4-strand plaiting (whipcording) vs. tubular tablet-weaving vs. finger-loop braiding, and the merits of the cords produced therewith.
4-strand plaiting is a very old way of making cord. I first encountered 4-strand plaits when I was studying the Skjoldehamn hood, with a view towards re-creating it. I taught myself the plaiting pattern from the diagram in Chapter 8 “Braiding and Sprang” of Margrethe Hald’s _Ancient Danish Textiles from Bogs and Burials_, p. 241. Continue reading “Medallion whipcording”