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Bradshaw Cordmaker, overtwisting the yarn
During initial overtwist (IOT), the four hooks rotate in one direction and energy is added to the yarn as it is overtwisted. Both the drill (supported by the block of wood taped to its top) and the Bradshaw rest on the table, so I don't have to support their weight.
I keep slight pressure on the Bradshaw during overtwist to keep the head from twisting, and as the yarn overtwists and gets shorter, the Bradshaw and drill move forward along the table. While making cords, I sit in an office chair which has wheels, and scoot along with the Bradshaw. I use this as an opportunity to practice keeping my back straight!
This page updated on June 16, 2013.