Linda Hendrickson
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Ply-Split Spider by Linda Hendrickson

I made this ply-split spider in Peter Collingwood's Master Class at Spliterati-01, September 29-30, 2001 in Bampton, England.

I started with linen cords plied AABB, and created a square in two-layered interlacing (cords at right angles). Once the square was completed, I started working in TLOI (two-layered oblique interlacing) and soon the piece shaped itself into a two-layered half-sphere. I pulled the layers apart and stuffed yarn in the center.

At this point, I had a ball, half gold and half red, with cords sticking out all around the equator. While I was looking at this, trying to think of what to do with the cords, I realized I could make my ball into a spider. I had 32 ends, so this conveniently allowed four cords for each of eight legs, which I worked in SCOT (single-course oblique twining). When I got home, I put wire into the legs so he (she?) would stand up straight. I really like this spider, in spite of its anatomical incorrectness! Searching the Internet for spider photos, I discovered the Costa Rican Red Leg, which has red and black striped legs. I think it might be fun to make a ply-split spider from red and black chenille cords. Haven't tried it yet... but maybe someday!

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This page updated on June 21, 2013.