How to Make Traditional Men’s Fabric Shag Anklets – Craft Tutorial
For a number of generations, it was common for Northern traditional men to wear white Angora goat anklets with long hair below their ankle bells. In the 1950’s they sometimes made these anklets from yarn. Recently other furs were used including Icelandic sheep and Tibet lamb. With natural hides becoming more expensive and difficult to get, Fur Fabric Shag is now available for making these anklet kits. They look like Tibet lamb, but the hair is a bit shorter, measuring 3 5⁄8 inches long.
- 1 – 4 x 30 inch piece of Fur Fabric Shag
- 2 – leather thongs
- 1 – #1 Glovers needle
- 4 yards – Single strand simulated sinew
First step is to cut the Fur Fabric strip into two 15 inch long pieces. Select one of the pieces and lay it on the work table with the back side up and fur side down. Taking one of the leather thongs, place it along the top edge of the strip, centered so that both ends extend beyond the strip in equal length. (The hair should be hanging down from the top edge.)
Cut the 4 yard length of sinew into two 2 yard lengths. Thread the Glovers needle with one of the strands of sinew. Pull it through the needle eye to make it a double strand and tie the threads together into a knot at the bottom end. As shown in Photo B, begin sewing the leather thong into the top of the Fur Fabric strip starting at one end. (Depends on if you are right handed or left handed.)
As shown in Figure C, continue sewing the thong into the top edge using this whip stitch. The thong should stay on the back side of the strip with the whip stitch going over the top edge of the fur fabric then back through the fabric and the thong. As you proceed it will look like Figure D. When you get to the end, finish it off with a double half hitch knot.
Photo E shows a close up of the thong sewn into the fur fabric strip, both front side and backside. Photo F shows the first anklet ready to go. Now complete the other piece the same way.
To tie the anklet on your ankles face the fur in the front of your leg, then wrap the thong ends completely around your ankle. pull tight to overlap the ends then wrap the thongs to the front of your leg and tie a bow knot. Then tie your bells on top of the top edge of your anklets.
Copyright: 2005 by Loren Woerpel, Noc Bay Publishing, Inc.
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