Lucetting is believed to date back to the Viking period, when it was used to create cords that were used on clothing, or to hang items from the belt. Lucet cord is square, strong, and slightly springy. Lucet cord is formed by a series of loops, and will therefore unravel if cut.

To make a cord start by holding the thread are going to use against the Lucet, wrap the thread around the horns of the lucet to make a figure of 8. Then wrap the thread around the first horn again so that there are 2 strands around it, lift the lower thread(the first loop) over the horn and pull down.

Continue to wrap the thread round the second horn, following the figure 8 pattern, and then lift the lower thread over the horn and tug tight. Repeat this process to make a cord.

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Once the cord has reached the length you want cut the thread to leave a tail. Pass the tail through the first loop and tug to close the loop on the tail. Then pass the tail through the second loop and tug to tighten.

It is also possible to make multi coloured threads by combining different coloured threads.

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About Ian Piddington

I have been involved in re-enactment since 1993. My main group now is the SCA in New Zealand, although I still do some bits with the local Jousters. Within the SCA I am Baron Sympkyn of the Moor
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