How to Use a Leather Cord
- 1). Arrange the four cords with their ends level, then poke the awl through each cord near one end.
- 2). Thread the sinew through the needle's eye, then pass the needle through the cords and tie a tight knot to bind the cords together. Do not cut the loose ends of sinew.
- 3). Tie a loop with the excess sinew, then pass the loop over a stable object. The loop allows you to keep tension in the piece as you work with the cord.
- 4). Arrange the four cords left to right, then pass the cord second from the left over the cord second from the right.
- 5). Pull the left-most cord behind the two middle cords, making it the second cord from the right.
- 6). Pass the same cord over the cord immediately to its left, making the cord second from the left.
- 7). Pull the right-most cord behind the two middle cords, making it the second cord from the left.
- 8). Pass the same cord over the cord immediately to its right, making the cord second from the right.
- 9). Add additional weaves to the project, first using the left-most cord, then the right-most cord, in an alternating pattern until you near the end of the cord.
Poke the awl through the second end of all four cords immediately after the final weave.
Bind the ends of the cord using sinew as you did at the first end; after tying this knot, cut off the excess sinew, as well as the sinew tied in a loop at the first end.
Fasten a key ring to the leather by passing the ring through the holes in one end of the cords.