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Tematlatl Tutorial
Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:09pm
 
Well RatMan requested this tutorial. I am honored to take my time to do this for the slinging.org community.


Here a couple of things that I use just to help with the pouch making process, a couple of clamps, and a safety pin with a blunt and bent tip. You can also use paper clips and a stick.
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Re: Tematlatl Tutorial
Reply #1 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:10pm
 
Start as you were making a simple braided sling…
Cut three strands of 4 - 5 chin to extended arm lengths of your preferred fiber. Or use a yard stick (36 inches) and measure out 3 strands, 4 - 5 yards in length. I prefer using my body to measure out a sling, it just makes everything easier.
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Re: Tematlatl Tutorial
Reply #2 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:12pm
 
Find the middle point and tie a single overhand knot to keep it together.
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Reply #3 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:13pm
 
Start braiding your finger loop using your own middle finger as the template.
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Reply #4 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:13pm
 
When ready combine the ends and make three pairs of twine and finish the finger loop
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Re: Tematlatl Tutorial
Reply #5 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:16pm
 
Braid your retention cord
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Re: Tematlatl Tutorial
Reply #6 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:20pm
 
You can always use a peg if you like, I have used the deadbolt on my front door, but prefer to use one of my toes… laugh all you want
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Reply #7 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:21pm
 
When you are ready to start the pouch, divide your six strands into groups of three and braid a small split
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Reply #8 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:21pm
 
This is where I like to use paper clips or refrigerator magnet clamps to keep the braids from unraveling. Clamp down any single side of the pouch.
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Reply #9 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:25pm
 
With one side clamped down, insert a separate piece of twine to the opposite side of the pouch and braid down without braiding it in.
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Reply #10 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:46pm
 
Use another clamp to hold the braids together.
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Reply #11 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:50pm
 
Take your working end of fiber and cross over the other side of the pouch, this time you want to braid the twine into your pouch.
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Reply #12 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:51pm
 
Cross over to the other side to repeat the process in creating the base for your pouch.
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Reply #13 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 8:59pm
 
Stop only when you are satisfied with the size of your pouch
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Reply #14 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 9:03pm
 
Finish your pouch by braiding another gap to match the existing one on the opposite end.
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