Yesterday I started work on a snake whip that will have a sewn leather cover. This type of covering on a snake whip was more common a long time ago and has fallen out of fashion. I think the main reason it’s less common is that sewing the cover take a lot of time for not a lot of functional benefit.
I’ve got the insides of the whip finished and working on the plaited layer that will stick out from under the sewn cover right now. The whip is going to be 4 plait for most of its length, then it will transition into a 12 plait. Here’s the lace:
What I did was cut 4 strands as if this was going to be a 4 plait whip. Then at about where I wanted them to transition to a 12 plait, I simply cut each strand into three strands, giving me 12 strands. Here’s a close up of the 4 plait to 12 plait on the lace:
When braiding there will be some more adjustment needed, but it’s way easier to cut most of it now than when it’s on the whip.