Don’t Google “whipping”

I should have known better than to put “whipping” into a search engine.  I was just trying to remind myself how to neaten the end of a piece of rope or, in this case, vintage-style electrical flex for my Edison lamp.  I’d found some embroidery thread of almost the same brown and was good to go, but couldn’t quite remember how to start.  There’s a loop involved somewhere, but which way does it point and what do you do with it?  So I turned to Google and regretted it immediately.  However, searching on “cordage” and “whipping” together did the job and produced videos more suitable for family viewing – if your family is into yachting.

To save the blushes of anyone else who might have a similar need, I’ve produced a tutorial on cord whipping.  It’s a great way to stop a cut end from unravelling, like on the rope handles of this bag I made from a vintage French tea towel.

French linen bag with rope handlesAnd it has worked very well on my twisted flex, both for all three cores together where they enter the plug …

Flex entry to plug… and for the individual cores that will be connected to the lampholder.

Whipped vintage flexI whipped a length of white cord first, using the same embroidery thread, as a practice piece.  I painted diluted PVA onto the whipping afterwards, just to help make sure it stays put and to provide a little protection from any grubby fingers that may come into contact with it (mine!).  It may not be strictly necessary, but I’m a big PVA fan and I figure it can’t do any harm.

With the wiring done, the Edison lamp is virtually finished.  I’ve made a plastic cover to go over the connections on the underside, cutting it from an old polypropylene floppy disc case.  I treated the wooden base with linseed oil and I’ll stick on felt discs at the corners to protect the table it will be placed on.  I just need to do the final assembly now.

Test knit update

Blue Selbu pattern snapshotFour knitters are generously testing my Blue Selbu hat pattern.  One of them has already knitted two hats and another has made three, so it appears that they like the design.  The testers have another week to finish and I’m really enjoying seeing the photos of their woolly works in progress.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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