This is from the previous week in superior calf lace from Tandy Leather - Link - where I am now trying to finish the key chain off in a loop.
The 8 part thing got away from me so far this week, Tuesday & Wednesday I spent probably an hour each day feeding and testing different ways to finish – losing most of the 8″ of spare ending I had in the process. I really liked the Turks head 4 part terminal knot – which I did by holding the leather in pairs to take it from 8 into 4 parts. It unfortunately left my key chain very long. Like 30″ long. Then I decided to feed it into itself to make a key chain loop. I had not realized it would take a different finishing pattern than my 4 part diamond braids.
From the previous week’s notes:
I measure out 72″ per strand. With four strands total or 4 x 3mm wide strands x 72″ long strands, then folded them in half around the key ring before braiding. That gave me 8 strands x 3 mm wide x 36″ strands. I stopped at about 17″ or 18″ of 8 part braided up, then with 18″ of free strand. Which means I lost about 18″ or to make my 8 part work.
In finishing the non-key ring end:
- I first tried to feed in the loop to itself with a diamond braid and quickly realized it didn’t match. Since I did a herringbone or Over 2, Under 2 (O2U2) pattern when braiding it.
- I had to reverse that out.
- Then I followed the O2U2 when feeding the strands into themselves too. For two passes.
- On the third pass, I buried the ends by going under 3, then pulling them tight before sniping and allowing the braiding it passed under to cover the end.
- Did some minor hand rolling to only the portion where I fed the strands in to the weave, as it’s got a pretty square shape that I’m liking.