Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Fancy II: Mecate: Part 2
Having said that, I'm amazing myself with how much IS being shared here! We have already covered the ingredients of a model mecate in great depth; now for combining the parts! In this first shot, the three parts are hung on the braiding anchor hook.
Time for a correction. In my last blog I indicated that 3'2" was too short, by saying "O.K., Fancy's original mecate was a bit short..." By the numbers, one-ninth of a twenty-two foot mecate would be 29.3 inches. Far from being too short, 3'2" is nine inches too long. We'll have to see how much is used up with tying on the quirt and the tassel...
The trick here is to spin in the ends: to open the twist and allow it to 'grab' them, and blend them in.
But I want a white horsehair tassel. The time to put it in is before any buttons are braided over the end knot.
The procedure is to thread a sharp needle with three lengths of dental floss. You want to minimize drag through the middle of the end knot, hence the folding and going twice through the needle's eye (shown above). The needle pierces up through the end knot, (in amoungst all those threads), then crosswise through the mecate body and then back down from another location, emerging at the same spot. Below we see the needle just starting to pierce back down.
Voila: horsehair tassel.
But don't trim it just yet. You need that length to hold on to during any braiding of buttons. This being a TSII mecate, it's gonna have a braided button. : ) Here is where I'm invoking previous statements. To fully cover miniature braiding would take a book. I refer to earlier blog posts, such as A Very Long Button: Tightening and A Very Long Button: Finishing. Braiding is covered in any number of books; that's how I learned it. Don't despair; the way this blog is going, I'll be covering this subject before all is said and done.
This button is a 7P 6B with two rings of Interweave. It was done in self color, that is, all one color: rawhide heavy thread.
See you at BreyerFest!