Inge, How long were your pieces of bark? Were you going for thin long strips? I can not even see where you joined the strands. The thinner fine strands are what I want to use when I make the basket. Your twine looks great.
dawn west wrote:Inge, How long were your pieces of bark? Were you going for thin long strips? I can not even see where you joined the strands. The thinner fine strands are what I want to use when I make the basket. Your twine looks great.
Hi Dawn. My strips of inner bark varied very much in length. From less than 1 foot to over 2 feet. You can't see where I joined them because I twist the new strand inside the end part of the old strand.
"Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them" (Luke 6:31)
I gathered Yucca leaves from a local patch and used wooden spoons to remove the leaf covering. Once I had fibers ready, I got out my drop spindle to spun and ply about 9 feet using the Andean Plying method. Then I tried the 'twist and flip' or rope braid method described in this video at time stamp 11:30 for an additional 12 feet of cordage.
I transitioned from spin/ply to twist/flip making one piece of cordage that is 21 feet long.
Opalyn, would you be able to splice the two lengths together? I wasn't sure when I saw your BB if it was okay to have two separate lengths that equaled 20, or if it had to be a 20-foot length. Thankfully, I found this answer at the beginning of the thread:
r ranson wrote:Would two 12 foot lengths qualify or does it need to be one, 20 foot length?
Nicole Alderman wrote:You're the fibre expert, I say you decide. Are they the same difficulty?
r ranson wrote:The difficulty was how many nettles I had on hand at one time. I think I'll splice the two lengths together and make one 24 foot length. That would fit the wording of this BB.
So, if you can splice those two lengths together, I can happily certify it! Thanks!
Nicole Alderman wrote:Opalyn, would you be able to splice the two lengths together? I wasn't sure when I saw your BB if it was okay to have two separate lengths that equaled 20, or if it had to be a 20-foot length.
I did make one piece of cordage using two styles of plying. It might be hard to see because I left a pink marker where they styles change. In the last two photos, there is a loop on the right-side showing the connection between the two sections.
It is easier to see in the one titled “Plied cord - 14 lengths times 18 inches equals 21 feet...”
I edited the post and added a photo without the pink marker showing only two ends.
And, Mike Haasl know that there was not a BB Submission Button when I initially submitted this post.
Calla lily is pretty invasive in parts of the North Island, so I did my bit to stop the seed from being spread by picking flowers before they got the chance to form berries (birds do love to spread the seed around!). I remember reading earlier this year, somwhere, that you could make cordage out of this plant, but I have not been able to find the source of this information. I tried to find it again on numerous occasions, and was beginning to wonder if I'd imagined/dreamt it. However, I can happily report that it appears to be true! The lily's fibres peel cleanly off the watery, pithy centre (easiest if you split the ground-end in half lengthwise for a couple cm, and then crack and peel). These fibres start out with a LOT of water in them, which makes sense, as they are a swampy plant, and must be dried prior to making into twine. They are more easily worked when the fibres are dampened slightly. The cord is relatively strong--a surprise given the fine, delicate nature of the stem peelings. It is able to take on a lot of water--not sure what context this would be useful in, but interesting! It is stronger wet than dry.
I made over 20ft by my reckoning. Photographed wrapped 9.2x around a metre stick, which, if my maths is correct, is around 30ft total.
I found out on Primitive Ways that maple can be twined, so I thought I'd try it using the unwanted trees growing near fences and buildings in my yard. The plant identifier app I've been using (Picture This) identified them as Box Elder, a member of the maple family. Even though I cut them in December instead of spring, I was able to spin something. Got quite loose as it dried though. This video was my reference for the process.