Sunday, 29 May 2016

Making a lucet chord

Yesterday I was at the medieval fair in Leksand.  I had planned to wear my 16th century undergown to it, but with 45 minutes left before leaving I realized that I could finish the dress but it would look really bad if I stressed it. So I went in civilian clothes instead.

When I arrived I was happy with my decision,  there were a lot of nice costumes among the visitors and traders and it will be a lot more fun going another year in a complete costume.

Overall the quality of the things for sale was really good. I spent most of the time in the big Korps tent. Korps is one of the main shops for historical costuming and it was great to be able to actually feel th3 fabrics and compare them. I did buy a nice purple linen and a lucet.

A lucet (slynggaffel) has been used since the Middle ages to make chord and I've been curious on how to make it ( to "slynga"). When I finish my 16th century gown it would be fun to have a period chord in it.

Today I looked up this tutorial, it took me a while to find that it's called lucet in English and "slynga"didn't give me many hits. There are a couple of different tutorials out there but this was the one I found easiest to follow.

This is my own first start of making a lucet chord.

 The chord started out quite uneven, but now I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of it. It got better when I tried to keep 5he thread fairly high up on the prongs instead of at the bottom.

I also like that I have a craft that's easy to bring with me.


  1. Where did you buy your lucet? It is beautiful. Thanks.

    1. I found it at a local medieval fair. You can find them on quite a few websites catering to medieval recreators though, at least in Sweden.