This is a very small tutorial, as befits the simplicity of the execution of the coxcombing, but despite it's simplicity, it requires a
steady eye and a consistant hand to come out to perfection.
Simply strop one line securely to the body to be
covered and start making half-hitches, reversing
direction each half hitch as per the photo to the right.
Keep the work as tight as possible and keep things
faired up as you go along.
A simple and effective coxcomb, ideally suited to
interior uses as opposed to exterior just because
it is difficult to completely seal it against water
Also excellent practice for working a line in alternate
directions. Most people will favour their "strong side"
when doing anything that is supposed to be
"symmetrical". Jugglers, especially, have a problem
with this when learning, as one ball will invariably
travel higher/further/faster when tossed by the hand that they usually write with. It takes quite a bit of work for the juggler to
"unlearn" this and make both hands equally responsive, and so for pulling fancywork as well... This coxcomb, because of
the rapid and constant reversal of pulling directions, is a great practice drill.
No major secrets here... fair up, keep the line of
lark's heads on a center line to prevent "wobbling"
along and 'Bob's yer Uncle'.
As always, I URGE you to do a "dummy run" and cover
a one-foot section, then remove and measure how
much line you required to do that much, adding 5%
to the figure. It is much better to have extra line
and not need it than to have too little line and wind
up just a few inches short of the end of the run.
Trust me on this!
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Next to the "French" or "Bannister" coxcomb, the simplest of all the coxcombs, utilizing a single line and consisting of
continuously revering half-hitches, forming a series of "lark's heads" down the centre of the work to be covered. Useful on
the rim of a sailing ship's wheel, especially steel wheels, and for decorative purposes.