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Can I use old lomandra for cordage ?

Aussie123

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I had a bunch of lomandra which I has collected and split several years ago.
(I'm cleaning up the shed ... a bit)
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I tried to twist some leaves, but they broke fairly readily

So I soaked the bunch for a couple of hours .... then I was able to twist them to make cordage.
Nice !
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Freely admit I know zilch about making cordage but the example shown looks good.
 

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I had a bunch of lomandra which I has collected and split several years ago.
(I'm cleaning up the shed ... a bit)
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I tried to twist some leaves, but they broke fairly readily

So I soaked the bunch for a couple of hours .... then I was able to twist them to make cordage.
Nice !
View attachment 28896
Looks good Aussie, well done. I have never used Lomandra (Basket Grass), but I suspect it may be better corded & actually used for basket making rather than using as a cordage, but I don't know. I was wondering how it would perform once dry.
Keith.
 

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Nice one Aussie.
I'll have to give it a go. In the past lomandra fibres had always seemed too brittle to twist into cord. Maybe soaking is the answer.
 

Aussie123

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The leaves were split, dried, then soaked.
Splitting is an essential step.

I've seen people scraping the leaves to extract the fibers, but I've never had much success doing that.
 
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