Lucet Hearts and Valentines

 

Valentine's Day is coming and it's a great time to pick up the lucet.  Why?

Frequently when we're beginners at something, the projects that really attract us are beyond our skill level. With Valentine's Day approaching, here's a chance to use your lucet to do a super fast and easy project.

It's thoughtful, supremely giftable and sure to be worn on the day it's given! It's a really easy way to make your special people feel totally special: What's better at showing you care than a handmade heart? And what better project for a beginner with a lucet?

Even if you don't already have a lucet, you can easily make one with things you have around the house. This is such a quick and fun way to explore a new technique and make something useful for gifting.

Megan has a great (and super simple) tutorial on how to turn an 8" lucet cord into a heart. She also provides 5 different ideas for using those hearts to create Valentines and decorations. I couldn't resist giving it a try and experimenting with different yarns from my stash.


lucet cord yarns

I raided my stash for different red yarns and made myself a few hearts.  I made four hearts in less than an hour and it was really fun to see how different yarns worked up into very different cords. (I was actually on a conference call while I was making the hearts and it made that meeting so much more rewarding!)

red lucet cords for hearts in different yarns



I used the Basic Turn Cord (free tutorial or learn how on Day 2 of the 7 Day Lucet Challenge) but I could have easily also used the Basic No Turn Cord.  It's just personal preference, the results would be the same.

I used yarns I don't usually use, including a novelty yarn and a thick and thin yarn, and the resulting cords were fun to see. The easiest yarn to use was the plied merino. It was springy and bouncy and the loops felt almost elastic around the lucet horn.  But as far as finished results, I thought the thick and thin and novelty yarns were really fun.


Lucet cord valentine heart pin

Megan has some great ideas for what to do with the hearts. I made pins with mine.  Now that I'm finished, I'm thinking these would have been even more impressive with a few beads worked in as well.  That's a project for next year!

Don’t know how to lucet? I teach a free, 7 day online challenge, in just minutes a day you can conquer this simple technique in only a week.

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Learn to Lucet

The most comprehensive guide to this ancient tool yet published!

Do more with the yarn you already have! Learn to use this ancient Viking cording tool to make strong and very sturdy cords that you can use in so many ways.

Make your knit and crochet projects even better. Use them to make drawstrings, lacings, buttons and embellishments for your knit and crochet projects. Also make jewelry, designer shoelaces, home improvement hacks and more with these strong cords.

Author Jennifer Hansen teaches you 6 fundamental cord types and give you full instructions for 8 fun, easy and useful lucet projects.

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I Made a Swank Pair of Lucet Shoelaces

Jan 12, 2017 12:00:38 PM

Lucet Shoelaces

 

I have a much-loved pair of Fluevog shoes that needed a new pair of shoelaces.  

And since I'm a girl with a lucet, I've got a handy way to whip up a pair of pretty shoelaces whenever I please. I also have magic powers in color-matching my laces to my shoes as long as I can find the right yarn color. (Try to find a full array of colored shoe laces for sale in the length and style that you need. Not going to happen!)  

I felt like keeping the look of these shoes classic and versatile. In this case black yarn was a pretty easy color to get a hold of. The sheen and weight of Lucci Rayon was perfect for my trusty heels.

 

Lucet in action

 

I was lucky enough to be taking a cruise when my shoelace-making activity was going on.  Here's my view while luceting and enjoying a prosecco. Wish this could be my view every day!

I used the Basic Turn Lucet Cord worked to the length of the original shoelaces.


Shoelace Tips

 

Then I also used pliers to attach these shoelace tips (called aglets) to give my laces an extra-fancy finishing touch.

Got any shoelaces that need replacing? Make yourself something fancy!

Don’t know how to lucet? I teach a free, 7 day online challenge, in just minutes a day you can conquer this simple technique in only a week.

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Learn to Lucet

The most comprehensive guide to this ancient tool yet published!

Do more with the yarn you already have! Learn to use this ancient Viking cording tool to make strong and very sturdy cords that you can use in so many ways.

Make your knit and crochet projects even better. Use them to make drawstrings, lacings, buttons and embellishments for your knit and crochet projects. Also make jewelry, designer shoelaces, home improvement hacks and more with these strong cords.

Author Jennifer Hansen teaches you 6 fundamental cord types and give you full instructions for 8 fun, easy and useful lucet projects.

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Lucet books

 

So you’ve already got a good grasp of lucet basics? Looking to do more kinds of cords with your lucet and more advanced techniques?

Sadly, there just aren’t lots of books on the lucet out there to help you on your quest.  The lucet is truly a niche practice in the fiber arts world.  It's the down side of being attracted to something uncommon and truly unique!


In this post, I’ll give a quick review of 3 resources I’ve found so far. They each offer varying degrees of helpfulness and instruction.  Read on to discover the good, the bad and the ugly with each option. I’ll also share tips on where to buy each one.


Lucet Braiding Book

Lucet Braiding - Variations on Renaissance Cord by Elaine Fuller

 

You can buy this here at Amazon (affiliate link), but it's actually cheaper to buy it on the publisher’s website.

 

This is probably the most comprehensive book I’ve found even though it’s only got 32 pages.  It’s a spiral-bound pamphlet in black and white: 2 Color covers with black and white photocopied pages inside.

 

The book covers about 12 cords and their variations including a section for left-handers.  


While it’s the most comprehensive book available, it’s easy to win that honor when there’s just not a lot out there to start with.  One beef I had is that the book could definitely use more diagrams. It did take me quite some time to plod through some of the more advanced cords without them.  That said, I'm very thankful that Elaine Fuller took the time to document her knowledge and compile this book back in 1998. Because of that, we have at least one solid reference for the technique.


Lucet Cord Making Book


200 Braids to twist, knot, loop or weave by Jaqui Carey Available at Amazon (affiliate link)

 

This book is a much more professional publication than the first one. It's got tons of step-out photography and a wealth of reference material covering all sorts of cord making.  But in regards to the lucet, the material is slim pickings.  I wouldn't recommend this book if all someone really was interested in was lucet. But it's a great reference for anyone wanting to learn about cord-making in general. It's a great resource on making all kinds of different kinds of cords, including the most basic lucet cord.


One thing I really liked was how she shows you how to make lucet cord on your fingers. I had heard of doing this before, but hadn’t been able to visualize exactly how that worked until I saw all the great step out photography in this book.


Advanced Lucet Cord Making Book

 

The Ziggy Stitch Technique and Video:  Advanced Luceting Leaflet and DVD  Available at his website.

Ziggy’s work is truly next-level.  I’ve blogged about his fast grab technique before. You need to check it out before making your next lucet cord. It will change the way you do things.

He has an Advanced Luceting Video and pamphlet available among other cool things on his website. I haven’t had the chance to go through the video and the leaflet yet. But based on what I've seen fron a quick browse, these techniques aren't covered anywhere else.  I'll be taking the info with me to practice on my trip this summer.

This is the best choice I’ve found for someone truly wanting to go to the next level.


Is there a book or resource I missed?  Please comment.  I’m sure I’m not the only person who would like to know!

 

A few more books that people have emailed me about, but that I haven't had the chance to review:

  1.  The Lucette Book by Daniel Phelps - available here.
  2. The lucet is pictured in this 1842 publication on the plates in the beginning pages and it says that instructions are on page 414, but I did not find it on that page.  Perhaps someone else can find?  Direct link hereThe Lady's Assistant in Knitting, Netting, and Crochet Work (second volume; Edinburgh; I. J. Gaugain; London: Ackermann and Co., 1842) by Mrs. Jane Gaugain. Listing page here.

 


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Learn to Lucet

The most comprehensive guide to this ancient tool yet published!

Do more with the yarn you already have! Learn to use this ancient Viking cording tool to make strong and very sturdy cords that you can use in so many ways.

Make your knit and crochet projects even better. Use them to make drawstrings, lacings, buttons and embellishments for your knit and crochet projects. Also make jewelry, designer shoelaces, home improvement hacks and more with these strong cords.

Author Jennifer Hansen teaches you 6 fundamental cord types and give you full instructions for 8 fun, easy and useful lucet projects.

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Make Lucet Cord 8 Times Faster!

May 5, 2016 9:04:17 AM

One of the participants in the 7 Day Lucet Challenge I've been hosting recently clued me in to this awesome technique called "Ziggy's Fast Grab". (Thank you, Laurie Park!) 

According to the claims of the man in the video (Ziggy Rytka), it will help you make cord almost 8 times as fast!!!

And it won't only SERIOUSLY speed up your ability to pump out lucet cord. In my brief experiments, it was easier on my fingers as well!

I'm pretty excited about it.

It will take you a few minutes practicing to adjust your hand movements, but it's just a minor modification to the technique I have been teaching to make basic turn cord.

Here's the video below.   You can forward to 1:35 where he starts demonstrating the fast grab. 



I was able to find some more information about Ziggy and his lucet work online.  He is pretty impressive.  Take a look at some of his cords.  His story is so interesting, and he offers all sorts of resources on his website to help take your lucet work to the next level.

And no, I'm not affiliated with Ziggy in any way and none of the above are affiliate links.  I'm just a fan.  Such passion and innovative work!

What do you think?  Did you try his fast grab technique?

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Learn to Lucet

The most comprehensive guide to this ancient tool yet published!

Do more with the yarn you already have! Learn to use this ancient Viking cording tool to make strong and very sturdy cords that you can use in so many ways.

Make your knit and crochet projects even better. Use them to make drawstrings, lacings, buttons and embellishments for your knit and crochet projects. Also make jewelry, designer shoelaces, home improvement hacks and more with these strong cords.

Author Jennifer Hansen teaches you 6 fundamental cord types and give you full instructions for 8 fun, easy and useful lucet projects.

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Lucet Challenge Bracelet

Do you know about the Lucet Challenge I’ve been hosting?  All it takes is (7) thirty minute sessions and you will gain a new skill.

This is the kick off month and we’re at almost 1,000 knitters and crocheters who have joined up.  It’s a FREE 7 day challenge to learn how to lucet.  The coolest thing about the challenge is you don’t even need a lucet to join!  I show you how to make a lucet out of things you’ve already got laying around the house.

The challenge has grown into a community of fiber lovers and they are sharing their ideas online. (Links:InstagramTwitter and Facebook with hashtag #7DayLucetChallenge).  It’s been so cool for me to see people learning this ancient technique and making it their own. And there’s been such interesting project ideas as well!  One of my favorite ideas is using lucet cord to “cast on” for Tunisian Crochet. (Would work great in knitting as well!)



Lucet Challenge Bracelet

To help keep the energy going, I put together this bracelet. It uses variations on all the cords we learn in the challenge so you can apply what you've learned. It’s a great way to immediately practice all your new skills with a real project.

The Challenge Bracelet is a “graduation gift” I give to everyone who completes the challenge.  It comes as a fully-illustrated set of instructions.  You can use it as inspiration to do something with your own yarn and findings, or you can buy the yarn kit and make the same bracelet I did. The idea is to show how you can use a small set of yarns, seed beads and common jewelry components to create a unique statement bracelet.  This is a beginning level project so doable even if you've never tried jewelry before. And my hope is that it's a fun way to showcase your accomplishment: You've learned 6 new cords over the 7 days of the challenge!

The bracelet is just one of several project ideas you’ll receive after signing up.  Join us and not only learn to use your yarn and your lucet do new things, but also to make the knit and crochet you already do even better!

Want the bracelet?  Join the challenge!  It’s free, it’s easy, it's fast & portable, and it will expand your thinking about your yarn.  There really is no down side. :)

Lucet Cord Bracelet

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Learn to Lucet

The most comprehensive guide to this ancient tool yet published!

Do more with the yarn you already have! Learn to use this ancient Viking cording tool to make strong and very sturdy cords that you can use in so many ways.

Make your knit and crochet projects even better. Use them to make drawstrings, lacings, buttons and embellishments for your knit and crochet projects. Also make jewelry, designer shoelaces, home improvement hacks and more with these strong cords.

Author Jennifer Hansen teaches you 6 fundamental cord types and give you full instructions for 8 fun, easy and useful lucet projects.

Learn more.

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