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”
Among the things I routinely do wrong is thread my Singer treadle sewing machine. Threaded incorrectly, stitching produces a clotted mass of threads on the back.
My machine is a Singer model 66-1 with red-eye (also known as red-head) decals, produced some time after April 18, 1921. Continue reading “Threading the treadle needle”