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BRAIDED-KNOT NECKERCHIEF SLIDE
Copyright KNOTSMITH 1999
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print a copy of these instructions for your personal use. You may not use such files or
printed copies for commercial purposes or convey or distribute them to others in any
manner without first obtaining written permission. Larry Smith
I like to wear a silk neckerchief with a wool shirt in the winter. Using a slide, I adjust the neckerchief from tight around my neck in the cold morning to loose as the day warms up. A herringbone knot makes an attractive slide that facilitates adjusting a neckerchief's fit. In the following instructions, a herringbone knot slide is produced by interweaving two six-bight, seven-part Turk's head knots over a plastic tubing base.
Leather lace: 54" X 1/8" wide. (Or 27" of two colors)
Mandrel: 6" of 5/8" diameter dowel.
Base for the knot: 5/8" length of 7/8"OD/5/8"ID plastic tubing.
A fid; a lacing needle; saddle dressing and saddle soap.
Slide the plastic tubing onto the mandrel so that about 1/4" of dowel extends above the end of the tubing. The tubing will form the base for the neckerchief slide and will be covered by an interwoven herringbone knot.
Attach the lacing needle to the end of the lace to be used in the base knot and coat the lace lightly with saddle dressing.
To begin tying the base knot, a six-bight, seven-part Turk's head, hold the mandrel in your left hand with the tubing up, and grasp the end of the lace with the left thumb against the dowel just below the tubing.
Grooming the knot: Using the fid or the needle (detached from the lace), tighten the knot beginning with the starting end. Lift each loop, pull out the slack (gently, evenly, and not too tight on the first trip), and shape the knot by forming even bights at the top and bottom. Work completely through the knot. Repeat if necessary. For the final tightening, work saddle dressing sparingly into the knot. Work completely through the knot again taking care not stretch the lace. Clip off the starting and finishing ends flush with the knot using a fingernail clipper. Saddle soap the knot using a soft tooth brush (use a sparing amount of saddle soap and just enough water to produce a good lather) and roll it firmly on a flat surface to smooth the leather. Press the top and bottom bights firmly against the ends of the tubing. Allow the leather to dry before applying some saddle dressing and removing the knot from the mandrel (with the tubing inside!). Or the knot may be polished with neutral leather cream.
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