| Spinning knotting cords
from lint is a real challenge. The best cords are made from fine tightly twisted
singles plied into cables to achieve the desired diameter cord. This is very time
consuming. Unless there is a specail reason why the cord must be handspun, I
recomment using commerical cotton cords.
| The best compromise between handspun
from lint and commercial cords is to bulk up fine singles (sample C1). I use natural colored octton frm
Vresis Ltd. Green, camel,a dn coyote colored cotton is availabe in 10/2 with a
finsih twist of Z. First I Navajo ply a strand with a Z twist. Then either
balance with a fold in a S twist or Navajo ply again in a S twist to achieve a slightly
heavier rounded cord. For larger cords use a few strans together in the
begining. Use different combinations of colors for effect.
Cotton Handbag C5
| If you decide to spin
knotting cords from lint, use well carded fiber, either sliver or handcarded rolags.
Work for a consistent a thread as possible with very tight twist. The thread
needs to be as compact as possible. choose between lying cables or cords.
Bulking up using cables offers more control but gives a stronger cord.
Making a smooth multiply in one step appears quicker but takes much more control with the
tightly twisted singles. This will also give a cord with a rounded smoother surface,
preferable for knotting. These methods give durable yarns for use in most knotting
|| For a unique knotting project of
cotton, spin a tight, very even and consistent single from an open cotton sliver. To
achieve optimum results, this yarn must be boiled or steam set to set the twist. Tie
your knots then couch stitch with fine cotton sewing thread these bulky knots onto
handwoven fabric. I used a scrap of leftover fabric woven with Vresis natural
colored warp of 10/2 and 4/2 cotton and handspun weft as my canvas. Ultrasuede was
used for durability and to give the purse body. The purse was sewn into a simple bag
before the knotting was sewn on but the tussah silk linig was sewn later. I wanted
to use the knotting for the closure but after sampling the knots realized that it would
not wear well (sample C2).
| In order to tie the
knots without the cotton falling apart, I tried soaking the yarn in hair spray. The
hair spray leaves the yarn crisp but pliable. Does not discolor the fiber and can be
left in as a sizing (sample C4). But after
another attempt I kntted the accord knot without sizing. I do expect this purse to
fuzz and fluff, it should od so evenly and not detract from the design (sample