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How to Use a Leather Cord

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    • 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.

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      Poke the awl through the second end of all four cords immediately after the final weave.

    • 11

      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.

    • 12

      Fasten a key ring to the leather by passing the ring through the holes in one end of the cords.

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