Thursday, March 20, 2014

Homemade Implements

First of all, I have not gotten around to blogs this week.  I have not had any time to myself, sorry. :(  And I can't promise to get to any of them this week.  Hopefully on Saturday I'll be able to start catching up on the new blog posts, but I'm really sorry I have been MIA this week. :(  And next week, I have a huge church function, so if I'm still behind then, I'm sorry. :(

Here are the tutorials I was asked by some people to do of the implements I have made, and I promised to do up. :)  I'm showing how to make three implements, and how to make the handle for the flogger I showed you guys last week. :)  Without the handles, these will take less than ten minutes to make.  If you use the handle I show here, it will probably take 10-15 minutes.

1.  I started with a rope called Clothes Line Rope.  It's soft, but got a good weight to it.
2. For the handle I used a thin rope called Mason Twine.
3. Then I cut the rope into the lengths I wanted.  The rope frays really quickly, so I knotted it as I cut the lengths.  When you're figuring out the lengths you want, figure out first how many knots you want, add about one inch of length to each knot you want to add.  And then figure out the length of the handle.  So if you want the handle to be 5 inches, and 5 knots, and 12 inches of length, then you want at least 22 inches, plus some extra that can be cut off after.
4. I made 15 lengths for this flogger.  I then knotted five of the ends 3 times, five of them 4 times, and five of them 5 times.
5. Here is the finished flogger.  I cut the end of the handle close to where I had done the grip.

1. Am going to show you on only two ropes so you can see better, but when I did the flogger, this was done around all 15 ropes.  You do not need to secure the ropes, as this will secure it for you.  When making a flogger, I put the knot for the two strings between half the lengths of rope, and then it is hidden. I used two colours to help you see better what is going on. The two top ropes in the pics are just the extra, they have no purpose.
2. I am using pink as the top colour and green as the bottom colour. Bring the top colour, pink, over and around the top of what you are making into a handle, and then, slide the bottom colour, green, over it to hang down.
3. Bring green rope under the handle, and put it through the loop made on the side by the pink. Pull the ends of the rope to tighten the knot around the handle.
4. Take the pink and bring it over the top of the handle again. Bring the green down over it on the side.
5. Loop the green under the handle, and then slip through the side loop of the pink. Pull tight. At this point, make sure there is a knot showing on either side of the handle of the green, under colour. They may try to slip to the back, if they do, bring them to the sides, once they are at the sides on your second set of knots, they will automatically go to the sides without you having to check them.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 until the handle is as long as you want. Make sure each knot is pulled tight.  Note the top colour always stays on top, and the bottom colour always stays on the bottom. They never switch. You can also do this with one colour, but I wanted you to be able to see the steps clearly. Now, tie off, and you are done. :) 
This is what the handle will look like as you keep going.  Te other size it all green with just the pink at the sides, the opposite of what you see here.

 Carpet Beater
 1. I did not have coax cable around to show this, so I used rope, but it will give you the same step by step instructions.  The new steps I highlighted in red each time.  Start with a 4 foot coax cable {or material of choice}
2. Make a loop to the right.
3. Bring your rope around and make another rope to the left and up from it, it will look a bit like a pretzel.
4. Bring your rope under the part of the rope that will be your handle.
5. Bring your rope around to make a loop to the left at the same height as your beginning loop.  Bring it over the first rope it encounters, which is the first side of the top loop, and under the next, which is the first rope to the very right loop.
6. Keep the rope going in a straight line, and over the next rope, which is the second side of the top loop, and then under the last rope, which is the other side of the right loop.
7.   Bring your rope end down, and even out the ends for the handles. Next even out the loops, labelled A, B and C. Four holes should form around the center circles, I labelled them 1, 2, 3, and 4.

I did not have skipping rope around, so I just show here a general idea of how to make a loopy.  Some people keep the ropes for the handle straight before taping it down.  But it's just generally make 1-3 loops, however many you want, with tubing, coax cable, skippy rope, or what have you.  It is very simple to make. :)

If anything in this post was unclear, and you're making your own, please feel free to ask.  Hopefully  I didn't make it too difficult to understand.

Our next post will be a real post, well real as in dealing with DD life. :)  Maybe to tell you all how much I wish I'd kept the lable from my paddles so that I could RETURN TO SENDER.  ;)  Okay, not really, but boy, putting holes in a paddle really does make it hurt more!  lol


  1. You are very talented EsMay but I won't be following any of the instructions in this post! LOL

    Hugs and Blessings...

    1. LOL, yeah, they aren't for everyone. ;)

  2. You are talented, EsMay, but I agree with Cat and will NOT be following your wonderful directions. The thought is appreciated.

    1. Hehehe, I guess they aren't for everyone. ;)

  3. Wow Es May, you are definitely very talented. These are wonderful clear instructions too ... however, I also don't think I'll be following them! lol .. besides, as clear as the instructions are, I'm afraid I'm hopeless at anything like this and wish I had half your talent!

    No need to apologise either. We all have busy periods when we have to step away from blogland a bit. We understand :)


    1. LOL, wow, a lot of women are not in favor, wonder why that could be. ;)

  4. Hi EsMay, wow, you are very talented, I am not sure I am going to be doing this though!!
    love Jan.xx

    1. LOL, well you make four in a row. :)

  5. Ooh how crafty. Not sure I want to add any more things to Steve's arsenal though.

    1. LOL, but would he want you to? ;)

  6. EsMay, I think it is far more important that you take all the time you want to take than to hurry through blog entries. I am sure everybody understands that time very often is an issue and blogging should not start to feel like another kind of work.
    But nevertheless, I think it is fantastic what you can do and that you managed to create the tutorials. I’ll try them, I like the looks of the flogger best, because of the fluffy endings. Therefore this is what I’ll try first. At the moment I couldn’t wait to have them tested on me, but I might regret that later :) (next winter). The green and pink handle that you made looks really cool. If I manage that one, I think I’ll make one smaller version for hubby’s keys. This would be a neat little present for him.
    Somehow everybody who commented on the Duke’s new paddles identified the one with the holes as being ‘special’. I hope the Duke and you have a pleasant weekend, not too hurried, and maybe even your bottom gets a little rest, especially from the paddle with the holes.



    1. You'll have to let me know how they turn out if you do end up making them. :)

  7. Esmay, the tutorials are fantastic! I will be making all three for my hubby. I'm sure my backside won't thank me but he will like them I'm sure. Just a quick question for you: which of these is the most quiet? And how quiet would you say they are? We live in a tiny apartment with paper thin walls & I don't want my kids to hear.

    1. oh, AndysTIH, I'd love to hear how they turn out. :) I'd have to say that all three are very quite... hmmm, maybe the rugbeater? But then again, the flogger is so very quiet too, so I'm not sure, lol. We ran a fan to test them, and could not really hear either. :)

  8. Great tutorial! Ash wants a loopy now though :-( He didn't say what he wants it made of though, so maybe I could use satin hair ribbons instead of coax or jump ropes!

    1. LOL, hair ribbons!!!! I laughed when I first read that, and laughed reading it again. :) Yeah, hair ribbons, just make it sound like you're in a lot of pain. ;)

  9. EsMay I am so sorry I missed this post! My reading list was not updating and I missed a lot of posts. I had to put my blogroll back up because of it. Thank you for doing this. I am very much looking forward to making one!

  10. EsMay, thankyou so much for checking the sound for me! I ran to get staples today and forgot the cording to make these. Perhaps Monday I will start on them. The way you did the handle on the flogger is the same way we make cord bracelets :) Brilliant!! I would never have thought to make it that way.


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