I've been learning to use the lucet.
It's a fiber arts tool from the Medieval / Viking era that makes different kinds of cording and it has just a tiny learning curve. After making about two 6" cords, I felt like I'd reasonably mastered my tension: Just 2 evenings in front of the tv and I've added a new skill to my fiber arts repertoire.
If you've never used a lucet before, grab one of our gorgeous Wool Tree Lucets and follow along with the "How To" video below:
There are a couple of things that I didn't touch on in the video that I think are worth mentioning:
Don't choose a nubby or novelty yarn for your first cords. In the video, I do mention that it is easiest to stick with an elastic yarn when you start out on the lucet - also keep in mind you want a traditionally-plied fiber. Any fancy nubbins in your yarn will make working with the lucet more difficult.
As you work, the cord will naturally wrap around the handle like in the photo at the start of this post. I just think there is something simply beautiful about that and the simplicity of this tool.
This is only one of many ways to make lucet cord! Although I did mention this in the video, it bears repeating. I'd love to hear in comments about alternate ways people have used the lucet to create cording.