Last night (when I should have been sleeping) I was once again reading Cathy’s Costuming Blog which has a very interesting entry from May 16, 2011 concerning Viking Age Lucet Tools.

Lucet is a method of producing cording using a tool with 2 to 4 prongs.  The thread is wrapped around the prongs in a figure 8 fashion multiple times and the bottom threads pulled over the upper threads and off the prong.  Repeating these actions will create a cord, the thickness and design depending on the method of wrapping, the number of prongs and the method of lifting the thread off the prong.

Cathy gave numerous links in the post to varied styles of tools found in archaeological digs believed to be used to produce Lucet cords.   One of the links led to The Armour Archive and a comment thread that I found very interesting, being that the person who had access to the tools took one of them and produced a Lucet cord on it.

In my searches, most of the Viking age Lucet tools I’ve seen have been made of bone, but a gentleman from the Kalmar County Museum in Sweden describes one made from folded bronze plate.  Running a Google search for ‘tinbl bein’ also led to numerous other articles and pictures of tools.  I had carved a Maple forked branch into a Lucet tool but now I have a serious hankering for something a little more elaborate.

Lucet Tool on Right with 3 Antler Needles- the needle attached with yarn is for lifting the bottom th.read over the top thread

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