KMHGeorge

by Karen
(New mexico)

Lucet tool and cord (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Lucet tool and cord (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

What was the most common type of lacing (leather, cord, etc.)?

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Materials used for lacing
by: Elizabeth

The most common type of lacing was a cord, rather than leather.

This cord was usually made with the technique of "lucet" (pronounced "loo-SET") braiding, on a small hand-held wooden tool, at least until the advent of the Industrial Revolution, which made different techniques more accessible. Modern lacing is usually made from a continuous length of cotton lacing cord, or even from a very long cotton shoelace. Do not use synthetic, as it *will* slip!

In the lucet method, the lace could be made to measure, from any length of linen (mainly) or cotton yarn the maker had to hand. It is incredibly strong.

There is a good article on lucet on Wikipedia, and a few videos on YouTube, if you'd like to learn the technique.

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