The two holding cords used previously are very
long compared to the others. Cut a piece of
18-inch material from one of them.
Important:Make sure the holding
cord hasat least
8 inches left, since you still
have one knot and a fringe to make for your Winter
Another option is to cut the cord from the roll of
Overhand knot 2
inches from one end of the
18-inch cord. Secure it on the left
side of the tree, against the left edge.
Tie another Overhand knot at the opposite
end, placing it so it will rest against
edge (when it's pulled taut).
To create the bottom of the Winter Tree, you
will be tying Double Half Hitches with most
of the previous working cords. This includes the
two holding cords (total of 24 cords).
In the instructions they are called the vertical
A Half Hitch is tied by making a loopover
- under the holding cord. To
complete the loop, pass over
the working cord you are holding.
Tie a second knot the same way, to make it a Double Half
12: Mentally number the vertical
cords 1 - 28.
1 - 12 onto the horizontal
holding cord with Double Half Hitches
(DHH). Since you are moving left to
right, the loops are made counter-clockwise.
13: Separate vertical cords
13 - 16 (for the trunk).
Pass cords 14 and 15 in front
of the holding cord and leave the other
two behind it.
Tie a 3-inch sennit of Square Knots with
the four cords.
continued: Attach cords
28 - 17 to the horizontal holding cord
DHH (in that order -- right to left).
14: Start the brushed
fringe at the lower area of the Winter
Trim each cord to 2 inches and save the
Separate and brush the fibers. When
row is finished, trim to neaten
15: Turn over the tree so
you are working at the back.
Apply glue to the back of the trunk,
then arrange cords
14 - 15 on top of the glue.
Use cords 13 and 16 to tie an Overhand
knot. Add glue as you tighten, so
it's on the inside.
Use clips to hold the cords until the glue
continued: When the glue is
dry, push the ends of cords
14 and 15 through spaces just above the
row of DHH.
They need to be passed to the front
of the Winter Tree so they can be part of the
The other two cords (13 and 16) can be cut off.
16: Cut 6-inch
pieces of material from the
scraps and/or what you have left in the
Slide one end through a small
the row of DHH, so the cut edge is in the
front. Position the other
end through a
different small space.
When all the cords are added, separate and
brush the fibers while holding each one
17: Add at least 2 cords to
the area above the trunk, so the fringe
rests over it.
The goal for the lower fringe of the
Winter Tree is to cover the entire row of
DHH. So add as many cords as
Step 18: Repeat
step 14, creating the fringe along the sides of the
Trim each cord to 1.5
inches, then separate and brush the
fibers. Do the same with the cords at the
step 16, adding 6-inch pieces of material
wherever you feel it's necessary to fill out the
fringe. Make sure at least one end of these
cords is passed through a SMALL
space. The other end can be pulled through a
larger space if necessary.
Trim and neaten the entire brushed fringe all the
way around the Winter Tree. Add a piece of
scrap cord to the back, and use it to hang your
new holiday decoration on a wall.
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