If you own one of my first tutorials, you have probably seen that the cords in those photos, despite my efforts to avoid the chaos, are not so neatly arranged.
Being myself a knotter, tutorial designer, writer and photographer, I need my threads look tidy all the time so I can work and shoot the process without wasting time looking for the next cord to tie.
I must add that I use my board slightly inclined and in a horizontal position. Here is the solution I have found.
The inspiration came from a disc
At first, I used a small kumihimo disc under my board to keep the strands organized. But soon I realized the disc didn’t really work for projects with larger amounts of threads. So, I started looking for an inexpensive material similar to the kumihimo disc.
Then, I found this: a kneeling pad! The length was perfect for my board.
Do you want to see how it works?
Watch this video.
Keep reading if you would like to know how I made it.
Materials & Tools:
- Kneeling pad
- X acto knife
- Soldering iron
- On one of the longer sides of the board make marks every half inch (or closer if you like to have more gaps)
- Do the same on the rounded corners and 2 o 3 inches on the short sides of the board
- With the X acto knife cut into the marks about half an inch of depth.
- As you see the slits are really closed and hard to notice.
- To widen the slits, slightly arch the board...
- ...and pass the soldering iron, in a 45 angle, to widen only the corners of each one of the slits. CAUTION: Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area.
- The widened gaps should only be visible in front of the board. And this is done :)
- The board that helps my threads look taut and tidy.