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How to make a Lombardy Knot

Jayne had to use strips of leather, but they are strips of leather reinforced with wire. They are used, amongst other things, for tying up the girls’ and the women’s hair. Pipe-cleaners are a good substitute here.

You take five. It’s good to use three different colours, say two white, two yellow and one black.

Wrap the black one, or whichever one is on its own, round the other four, right in the middle:

Carry on wrapping it until it is all used up. Then bend the ends of the two whites together to form loops.

Now weave the yellow strands round the white ones. It looks a bit like a butterfly now. In fact, like the very butterfly on the back of my book from where the imprint Butterfly gets its name.


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