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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.
 
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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.
 
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Here is my submission for the Textile - Sand - Make Twine BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 -  Post a picture of your raw materials
 -  Post a picture of your process of making twine
 -  Post a picture of your completed twine

I made this page to describe the process in more detail.

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.
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Gathering Yucca Leaves Locally
Gathering Yucca Leaves Locally
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One Leaf with wooden spoons as my best tools
One Leaf with wooden spoons as my best tools
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leaves with fibers exposed and separated, ready to spin
leaves with fibers exposed and separated, ready to spin
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Spinning on a drop spindle
Spinning on a drop spindle
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andean plying bracelet ready to ply
andean plying bracelet ready to ply
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Plied cord - 14 lengths times 18 inches equals 21 feet - spun and plied is the bottom section of cordage with "twist and flip" cordage above
Plied cord - 14 lengths times 18 inches equals 21 feet - One Cord with Two styles of Rope Making
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cord spread out so I can see all 14 lengths
cord spread out so I can see all 14 lengths
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Pink Marker Removed - 21-ft cordage in one piece - only two ends
Pink Marker Removed - 21-ft cordage in one piece - only two ends
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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!
 
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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.
 
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Today , I learned how to make cordage.

I used kudzu vine because it grows so abundantly in our woods.

To prepare the vine for usage, it is lightly pounded between two rocks.

Then the fiber strands pull apart easily.

My pile of kudzu fibers.

I used the 2-ply reverse wrap method.

A little further along.

My finished length of cordage

Final length measured 21 feet 4 inches.

Once I got the hang of it, it went pretty fast. A very useful skill to know.
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