Top-Braiding
Pictures and captions by C. "Bud" Brewer (IGKT)
1946 -2009
R.I.P.
(Click on any pics for a  larger view)
A finished "Swedish" or "Top Braid" coxcombing, also known as a "Swedish Ringbolt",  this braid can be easily converted to a grommet.  
Ideal for tightly curved objects.   See down the page a bit.
Basically:  make a clove hitch
and arrange as shewn.
Come out of the clove-hitch and
BACK over the right leg... then
continue around and under...
Over and
Under...  

starting to
sound like
"Airplane" !
Bring line back and pass
UNDERthree lines as shewn.  
Yes!  A pattern, a pattern!
I do confess it!
Ahhhh....
I feel a pattern developing!
By now, you've
probably
stopped
reading this as
you've figured
out the
pattern and
are merrily
braiding away...
And now the grommet part.....

Do the above around a core (a metal or ropelaid ring,  anything with a continuous surface).

Then:
Bud also allows as how if you "worm" (insert another line to cover up the spaces left by the original) the spaces
around the object being covered with a contrasting colour line, the result is quite nice!  I'll just bet it is!  Here's a
bracelet done by George Haycraft using a topbraid with turksheads over a reversing fender-hitch core in paracord.
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