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Zipper Wrap

 
Zipper Wrap

Description:  The Zipper Wrap is a variation of the Zipper Sennit.  The diagonal segments face different directions to form a zigzag pattern on the edges.

This design is not flat like most sennits.  The loops are raised in the back, forming a ridge down the center. 

You can use this interesting sennit for key chains and bracelets, for the long posts in plant hangers, and other similar projects. 

The key to this design is to keep the folded segments flat and neatly arranged.  That's the most challenging part, so work with the material to avoid twisting.

Read the bottom section of Cord Preparation if you intend to use Paracord, which is the material used in the example shown.

 
 
 

Preparation:

You need one cord to practice the Zipper Wrap.  It should be at least 60 inches long.

The cord should be at least 12 x the finished length of the item you plan to make, if you are using this technique in a project.
 
 

 
Loop

Step 1:  Make a loop in the center of the cord, crossing left over right.

 

Bight

Fold the left half of the cord to form a bight. Mentally label it bight 1.

Pass it into the loop under - over (from below), heading right to left.

Identify the segment marked with the X, which leads to the bight.

 
 
Tighten

Tighten the LOOP by pulling the right half of the cord.

(Optional) Pull the segment identified in the previous step (X) if you need a loop for a clasp.  Secure it to your board if you are using one.
 


Wrap

Step 2:  Fold the right half of the cord diagonally to the right, then wrap it around the bight heading left.

Make sure the cord is not twisted and is FLAT.


 
Bight 2
  Fold the right half of the cord to form bight 2, then pass it into bight 1 over - under (from the top).

It should be arranged diagonally toward the right.
 

 
Tighten
  Step 3:  Tighten the wrapped area firmly, by pulling the portion that leads to bight 2 (right half). 

Then tighten bight 1 by pulling on the left half of the cord.
 

 
Wrap
 

Step 4:  Fold the left half of the cord diagonally to the left, then wrap it around bight 2 heading right.

Remember to work with the material to avoid kinks or twisting.

 


Bight 3

Fold the left half of the cord to form bight 3, then pass it into bight 2 over - under.

It should be arranged diagonally toward the left.
 


Tighten

Step 5: Tighten the wrapped area firmly, by pulling the portion leading to bight 3 (left half).

Then tighten bight 2 by pulling on the right half of the cord.


 
Repeat 2

Step 6: Repeat step 2 to wrap and create bight 4.

Repeat step 3 to tighten.
 
 
 
Repeat 4

Step 7:  Repeat step 4 to wrap and create bight 5.

Repeat step 5 to tighten.
 
 
 
Repeat

Step 8:  Repeat steps 2 - 7 at least one more time if you are practicing the Zipper Wrap.

Continue until the finished size is reached if you are using this sennit for a project.


 
End

Step 9: Determine which half of the cord was used to make the last bight.

Pass the opposite end through the bight, then tighten it firmly.

The two ends of the cord can now be used to tie a button knot if you need one for a clasp.

 
 
 


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