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Make twine - PEP BB textile.sand.twine

BB textiles - sand badge
 
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I couldn't find my yard stick so I had to make do with this tape. I hope it is clear enough for the requirements.
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That is five feet of measuring tape and the twine folded four times
That is five feet of measuring tape and the twine folded four times
 
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This was very interesting.  I learned a lot, and found it enjoyable.  The repetitive tasks were soothing to me.  Initially,  I began with blackberry fiber, but quickly ran out (about six feet of black berry twine in the very beginning).  After that I switched to milkweed.  I used up exactly all the material I had harvested and measured the twine at 20 feet and one inch, just perfect.
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My black berry patch needed pruned, this is the result.
My black berry patch needed pruned, this is the result.
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Pruned canes for twine
Pruned canes for twine
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scraping and peeling black berry canes
scraping and peeling black berry canes
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Suburban roadside milkweed patch
Suburban roadside milkweed patch
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strip off the leaves
strip off the leaves
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smoosh them suckers flat!
smoosh them suckers flat!
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crack and peel
crack and peel
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small pile of fibers ready for the twining
small pile of fibers ready for the twining
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twist and wrap
twist and wrap
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hooked on the tape
hooked on the tape
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20'
20'
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The whole 20' mess
The whole 20' mess
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Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! Very nice twine!

 
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I've attempted a 20-foot long section of foraged twine several times. I've used nettles, mallow, blackberry, green soft grass, and this late-summer dry grass. I usually make it 5 feet, 8 feet, even 12 feet once, then have to stop and tuck the materials away for later.... then never get back to them. Finally, I have stuck with an attempt long enough to complete 20 feet in one sitting. Burns, cuts and slivers later, here it is! I don't have anyone old enough home with me to hold my tape measure, so I stuck it under the foot of my trampoline.
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end of cord and tape measure stuck under the trampoline
end of cord and tape measure stuck under the trampoline
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coradge measuring 20 feet
coradge measuring 20 feet
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the friction burn on my finger from twisting
the friction burn on my finger from twisting
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grass, raw materials
grass, raw materials
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me, twisting away
me, twisting away
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finished cordage
finished cordage
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Note: Solid work, interesting choice of material, how does grass twine hold up?

 
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 -  make at least a 20 feet length of twine
 -  the twine must be plied

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
 -  your raw materials
 -  your process of making twine
 -  your completed twine (with a tape measure, perhaps)

At this time of year my options are limited with plants to use to make twine.  I have some Gulf Muhly Grass that was going to be thrown out by a customer.  I kept it and it’s still green.  I am using 2 pieces on each side and spinning them to the left and the entire twine is spinning to the left.  I kept adding sets until I reached 21’ of twine.  I created this twine with grass that was still moist from the morning dew.  

The way I plied my cordage is by tying a knot in all 4 pieces to keep it in place.  I placed the knotted end under a stone to hold it still.  I twisted each side (2 pieces of grass) by spinning it through my fingers to the left...I did both sides at once then put the right set over the left set.  Over and over again.  I staggered each new piece so the twine wasn't too thick in individual spots.  I got pretty fast after the first 5 ft, once I had the rhythm. This muscle memory will last my lifetime!  Lol

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r ranson wrote:This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.

In this project, you will make twine from local plant material like nettles, vining plants, or suitable grasses.  Harvesting or foraging plant material is encouraged but not required for this BB.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  -  make at least a 20 feet length of twine
  -  the twine must be plied

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
  -  your raw materials
  -  your process of making twine
  -  your completed twine (with a tape measure, perhaps)



make cordage from nettles


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Raw materials
Raw materials
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Process
Process
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20ft rope
20ft rope
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My daughters and I collected yucca. I made 20 ft. Of cordage using the traditional twisting method.
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Laura Quick wrote:

r ranson wrote:This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.

In this project, you will make twine from local plant material like nettles, vining plants, or suitable grasses.  Harvesting or foraging plant material is encouraged but not required for this BB.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  -  make at least a 20 feet length of twine
  -  the twine must be plied

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
  -  your raw materials
  -  your process of making twine
  -  your completed twine (with a tape measure, perhaps)



make cordage from nettles


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I used yucca for my fibers
I used yucca for my fibers
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This is the cordage folded 4 times at the 5ft mark
This is the cordage folded 4 times at the 5ft mark
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Timothy Norton approved this submission.
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Here's my 20' of plied twine, I used palm leaves.

The thickness varies a bit, and I played a bit with how often I plied in a new leaf.
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Palm frond
Palm frond
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Leaves
Leaves
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Plying
Plying
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Action shot
Action shot
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10' tape measure, more than down and back, including coils I can't straighten out
10' tape measure, more than down and back, including coils I can't straighten out
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10' mark on the tape measure
10' mark on the tape measure
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