Braided Dog "Show" Lead

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Braided Dog "Show" Lead

New postby dobegirl on Mon 31 Mar 2008 23:48

Hi Everone,
I decided that I want to learn how to make hand braided "Show" leads for dogs. I saw an Lanyard made by Schwert and asked for help. He willingly gave me a lot of guidance.
This is my first lead, I see a couple of areas for improvement already. This one was braided a little too tight, and I wasn't pleased with the join, it's a little too fat.
Please let me know what you think, I really want to improve.

Thanks
Dobegirl :banana:
P.S. Thankx a million Schwert!!!
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Re: Braided Dog "Show" Lead

New postby wildcat on Tue 01 Apr 2008 14:38

it looks really nice to me. Good job. =D=
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Re: Braided Dog "Show" Lead

New postby James on Tue 01 Apr 2008 17:29

nice work! :yup:
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Re: Braided Dog "Show" Lead

New postby Jimbo on Tue 01 Apr 2008 17:33

That looks fantastic!
I think that you'll get lots of chance to improve in speed, though, when lots of people want you to make them one...
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Re: Braided Dog "Show" Lead

New postby jables on Tue 01 Apr 2008 17:39

That looks awesome to me- I know I couldn't do that good of a job- even with Schwert's help.
You should be really proud of yourself- that feeling of using something you made with your own hands is wonderful! :mexnana:
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Re: Braided Dog "Show" Lead

New postby Schwert on Wed 02 Apr 2008 22:39

Dobegirl,

This lead turned out great. I am really pleased when someone takes a spark from some of my articles and turns out such nice work. I bet you could win "Best in Show--Attire" with that lead hooked to one of your dogs.

Backbraiding the hand loop is always a bit of a challenge to get it to lay right. It will always turn out a bit fatter unless you carefully taper the strings. But a bit of tension on this over the years will settle it down some. A good soaking in warm water for a couple of minutes then a stretch and roll will also make those strings settle into each other a bit. I honestly do not see any thing I would do any different on this lead though. It looks great and I bet any dog lead around the ring with that would feel just a bit more special.

It was not all that hard either was it? Most people think braiding is tough, but once you have the pattern it just flows.

Really nice work.
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