Linen Knot Belt
| Linen is one of the strongest and
smoothest fibers. These qualities make it most suitable for belts, purses, ornaments
and household purposes.
I chose to make a belt of linen knots. First tight singles were spun, wet. These were wound into balls and placed in large butter tubs filled with water. The soaked condition of the linen made it more supple and plied easier. Excess water was squeezed out between my thumb and fore finger as twist was controlled and the cord wound onto the bobbin. From the bobbin the cord was skeined and washed in hot soapy water then placed on a yarn blocker to dry.
Beads were purchased to coordinate with the linen cord.
The design of the belt would be a casual double wrap. Two equal strands were
measured and the center marked. The linen was then soaked in heavy corn starch and
allowed to dry. Potential for abrasion was high since each cord would be pulled all
the way through each knot.