Over the years, artists and artisans have incorporated waxed cording into their book binding, jewelry making, and leather, basket, fiber and mixed media works. Crawford’s Irish Waxed Linen, the brand I use, is made in Lisbon, Ireland with European linen flax. It usually comes in spools and in different ply’s, or number of twisted strands. 4-ply has become my size of choice. And it has introduced a whole new element to my work.
The cording allows itself to extend out beyond the surface. More so, it is willing to stay there, holding its own, as it introduces a new movement into the work. Equal to the reed, even though it is finer and more delicate.
Oddly enough, while working with it, my fingers seem to remember what to do. Much as the cording remembers what to do. Am intrigued with this.