If the internet has taught us nothing, it's that there are more random activities to generate human joy than anybody can shake a keyboard at.
It's just a hop, skip, and a jump from hand sewing a pirate shirt to creating cordage from plants, right? A mere matter of, oh, 400 or so centuries into the past.
In prehistory, plain cordage (aka twine, yarn, two-ply thread) was used for snares, nets, for lashing x to y, and, step by step, into fabric. Many plants –– nettles, willow, basswood, berry brambles, burdock, rhubarb, etc., etc. –– grow stringy fibers known as "bast."
It's a thing I missed learning as a kid, though I was fascinated by wildcrafting in general.
The Would-Be Farm has enough bast-on-the-hoof to keep a schoolbus full of crafty cordsfolk busy until the next Ice Age.
And so during this summer's regatta roadtrips, I have been spinning straw into gold. Rapunzel and that patient sister with the enchanted swan siblings? They got nothin' on me.
Wither went I, along came the bundle of dried plant, a glass of water, and piles of chaff. My technique improved with each ell.
8/17/2022 09:48:16 pm
very nice :)
8/18/2022 08:20:41 am
8/18/2022 09:51:16 am
You really are the coolest!! From making puffy pirate shirts to crafting artesian garden twine and then writing about it in a way that makes me laugh and almost want to try making it myself -- almost!
8/18/2022 12:44:03 pm
Muah ha ha, Come to the Twine Side, young Jedi...
8/18/2022 11:09:51 am
Some of those pirates, sure knew how to sport a great shirt
8/18/2022 12:50:18 pm
Didn't they just?!
8/18/2022 11:42:06 am
The shirt is salvageable if you are acceptable to working out one wrist much more than the other. Thanks for sharing!
8/18/2022 12:49:32 pm
Thank you, Mr. Dalton!
8/21/2022 10:19:38 pm
cool! reminds me of making rope with Hay Baler twine. 4 H was a wonderful program back in my day.
9/6/2022 10:07:34 am
I think it still is!
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