Re: [KnotTyers] belfast cord?
- I think that, if you read Vince's article more
carefully, you'll find he defines 'hard laid' quite
clearly. He says:
"... What made Belfast different from regular twines
or strings was the fact that it was a hard-laid
product; that is, the lay of the cordage was akin to
the tightness one would expect of a good manila line,
not the sloppily laid product one can buy in your
local hardware store, as well as the fact that it was
sized or starched during the manufacturing process.
This produced a hard-surfaced, easily handled line
which resisted un-laying (especially when doing
square-knot work [a.k.a. macramé] and which also
resisted hand-soil to some extent. ..."
The cord that I normally use is a fine hard-laid
3-strand cotton cord, known as 'Cotton Seine Twine'
('Atlas' brand) and sold by macramé suppliers. A very
similar alternative is Builders' Line ('Caradoc'
brand), in either cotton or nylon, available in a
couple of diameters from builders' merchants, and used
by bricklayers. The diameter of the No.3 size is
about 1/40 inch (0.65 mm), with the No.2 size being
slightly thinner; a 20-yard hank (18-metre) costs
about 70p (US$1) here in England, so it's very
economical to use.
It's suitable for miniature, decorative knotwork.
Although it only comes uncoloured (i.e. whitish), it's
easily dyed any colour you wish. I use Dylon
multi-purpose dye (www.dylon.com) which will do for
both cotton and nylon cordage.
If you're interested in following this up, there's a
9-page pdf file I wrote called "Turks Heads- Working
with Fine Stuff" which can be downloaded from the
members' section of Knot Heads World Wide
(www.khww.net). It's located under DISCUSSIONS - KHWW
FORUMS - MEMBER KNOT PROJECTS ANNOUNCEMENTS.
Hope this helps,
> My question is how do you define "hard-laid"? Isthere a good
> description like a ratio of turns as related to thediameter of the
> strands or somesuch?___________________________________________________________
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