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I was asked to repost this. This is an easy way of tying blocks to yards or mast. I have also used this to tie blocks to the underside of tops.


I start out with thicker thread. A little trial and error with different threads to get the look I want. Notice I have the thread folded three times and use a clip to hold the thread tight.



I use smaller thread to wrap around the thicker thread. I start out with a slip knot tied in the thinner thread, and stick the loop and loose end of the thicker thread through the knot.



The thinner thread has two ends. The end that pulls the slip knot tight and the end the pulls the loop through the knot.



I pull the loop tight against the thicker thread and use a second clip to hold the thinner thread in place.



I start wrapping the thin thread (The end that pulls the knot tight.) around the three layer of thick thread and the loop of the thin thread.



I make 7 to 10 or more wraps. Trail and error to get the look.


While wrapping and after, you have to hold the wraps to keep them from unwinding. Remove the one clip. Take the end of the thread you've been wrapping and pass it through the loop of the thin thread.



Still while holding the wraps to keep them from unwinding, pull on the other end of the thin thread to pull the loop tight around the end of the thin thread. Pull the thin thread tight but not too tight. If is too tight, it will be hard to pull the thicker thread through. Also, as you pull on the end of the thinner thread it will pull the loop and the other end on the thin thread into the wrap.



You now have a loop and a loose end of thicker thread sticking out each end of the thinner thread. Pulling the loose end on one side pulls the loop in on the other side. Put a block in one loop and pull the loop tight.



Slip the other end over a yard or mast. You can also start out with the loop already around something.



Pull that loop tight.



Add a drop or two of CA glue, and when it is dry snip of the loose ends. This picture shows two block tie to a yard.













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I am not very good at drawing but  . . .




The last four pictures shows different places I have used this method.


Around a yard.



Under a top. These blocks were added by passing the thicker thread around the cross tree before doing any warping.



All of these blocks are attached with this method. I used a variation of this method to attach the stay.



And one more



I lied.  One more.




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Bender, that is a great way to tie a block to a yard, mast, etc.

I had to try this and, if you don't mind, I like to show my first attempt below.

The hardest part for me was to hold the block in the loop while pulling on the loose end to slide the loop closed. I ended up holding the block carefully on its edge with a hemostat.



I might add that I used a 'common whipping' or seizing for the center thin thread. Again my hemostat came in handy for this.

By way of starting this whole thing, I think of making a dollar sign with the tweezer being the thin seizing line.



Thanks again for posting this neat trick.

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Hi Duff, Jeff, and Jay. I was happily surprised when Modeler12 (Jay) PMed me and mentioned this thread. I haven't posted anything in awhile and hope to get back to modeling by summer. And thanks Jay for taking the idea further.



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As I mentioned to you, Al, I will be posting a video about your idea shortly.

Thanks for letting me use a couple of your pictures (as well as your idea) for this subject.


I think that this is such a simple, but very effective idea, that it deserves some attention in this forum.

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Hi. Im very glad I found this topic, as I hope very soon to have to take use of it.

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