Enhance your knitted and crocheted items with easy to make, sturdy braids, using a Lucet tool
Lucets have been used to make braided cords since Medieval times. Lucet cord is square, strong, and slightly springy. It closely resembles I-cord, but is formed by a series of knots which will not unravel when cut.
We will cover basic cord, then add beads with two different methods for different effects. Learn the “basic turn” method of braiding, and the “no turn” method for a different type of cord. Then, we will make a woven yarn called a “gimp”, working with 2 strands of yarn instead of just one, weaving the second strand of yarn in between the stitches of your cord yarn – which is great for using novelty fibers and/or beads to make jewelry.
Lots of samples will be available to display the range of cords that can be produced with different fibers.
Skill level: All
Material Fee: $4 worsted weight wool yarn and beads will be supplied in class. Lucets will be made available to borrow, and to acquire with an optional material fee.
Student Supplies: Crochet hooks (size 1 or smaller, for pulling yarn through beads) or large eye beading needle, scissors.
If you would like to bring your own yarn, to make a cord in class to go with a specific project, feel free to do so.