How to Knot Leather Cord

Overview

When you work with leather cord, there will be occasions when you must knot the cord. You can choose from many different knots. Select the knot that suits the purpose and practice tying, if necessary. Some knots are simple and others are more complicated. Start with the simple knots and master these first. As you become more adept at knot tying, you may wish to advance to knots that are more complicated.

Overhand Knot

Step 1

Use one length of leather cord to make an overhand knot. Make a loop at the point where you desire to knot to be by crossing one end of the cord over the other.

Step 2

Insert one end of the leather cord through the loop.

Step 3

Pull both ends slowly to tighten the knot. Pulling slowly is important to make sure the knot ends up where you want it to be.

Square Knot

Step 1

Tie a square knot to join two lengths of leather cord together. Cross the right cord over the left cord and bring it back up to the front. This completes the first half of the knot.

Step 2

Cross the left cord over the right cord and bring it back up to the front. This completes the second half of the knot.

Step 3

Pull both ends of the leather cord to tighten the square knot.

Surgeon's Knot

Step 1

Make surgeon's knots in leather cord to make especially secure knots. Cross the right cord over the left cord and bring it back up to the front. Cross it over again and bring it back up to the front again. This completes the first half of the surgeon's knot.

Step 2

Cross the left cord over the right cord and bring it back up to the front. Cross it over again and bring it back up to the front again. This completes the second half of the knot.

Step 3

Pull both ends of the leather cord to tighten the surgeon's knot.

Slip Knot

Step 1

Tie a slipknot when you want an adjustable knot in leather cord. Place two lengths of leather cord together so the ends of the cord overlap by approximately 4 inches.

Step 2

Take one end of the cord and tie it in an overhand knot around the other end of the cord (approximately 1 inch from the end of the second cord).

Step 3

Use the end of the second cord to tie an overhand knot around the first cord (approximately 1 inch from the end of the first cord). Both overhand knots will slide along the other cord to adjust the length of the leather cording.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather cord
  • Scissors

References

  • Discover Beading; Lesley Weiss; 2006
  • Land of Odds: Slipknots
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