# Making "Split" Cluny Leaves by Hand

When a tatter makes a standard cluny leaf, both threads exit the cluny from the end opposite where the weaving begins. It can replace a chain or a split ring in a pattern.

However, by extending the loom by one extra motion, you can weave a leaf with one of the threads returning to the base of the leaf to continue with the work. The top of the leaf will extend off the current round, with only its base attached (as will the weaving thread, which must be hidden in the leaf or pulled through). Standard cluny would instead be a continuous part of the work. In this way, the cluny made by this expanded loom functions like a standard ring or SCMR, or in some situations, it can help you bridge out from one round to the next.

This method was developed by Melanie Blowers of Marysville, Washington. She was one of my first cluny students, and certainly the soonest to design and experiment with them. Thanks for sharing this with me, Mel!

Just like the standard cluny, split cluny leaves require 3 basic actions:

1. Make a loom on your left hand with one extra motion directing the loom thread end up in the pinch before tying off on the pinky.
2. Weave the leaf on the loom ignoring the 2 pinky threads, and treating the two right-most threads of the loom as one thread. Shape the leaf as you weave, first wider, then narrowing at the top.
3. Pull the excess loom threads through the leaf: left-most top loop, bottom loop, right-most top loop, ball thread.
The result: a leaf with one thread exiting the top (weaving shuttle or needle thread) and one exiting at the bottom. To continue with the work, you must add another thread, or pull the weaving thread back through the leaf (unthread from the needle or shuttle).

In the pictures below, I am using my left hand for the loom, and the right hand to manipulate the needle. I will count the fingers on my left hand from the left to right, palm up. Therefore the thumb is the first finger, and pinky the 5th in the descriptions below. The tortoiseshell shuttle holds the ball thread or loom thread.

Both shuttle tatters and needle tatters can make this type of cluny leaf. The green shuttle in the photos below could just as easily be a needle.

# 1. Making up the loom

 Begin forming the loom by taking the ball thread upward from the pinch, behind the 3rd and 4th fingers, and then back over your 2nd finger into the pinch (direction is important!) Continue the loom by pulling the ball thread from under the pinch, between the 4th and 5th fingers, behind the 5th finger, and back up into the pinch from below to above. Direct the thread up from the pinch between the 3rd and 4th fingers (over the top of the loop formed in the 1st picture) around the back of the 4th finger, and back over the top of the pinch. Secure the loom by wrapping the ball thread several times around your 5th finger. This will keep the thread taut and make weaving easier.

Tip: Your left hand will seem tire easily when you are first learning. This is because you may be tense while concentrating to make the loom and the weaving motions. I recommend that when you are learning, you let the loom go at this point. Flex your left hand to rest it. Then make the loom again before starting the weaving.

# 2. Weaving the leaf

Tip: note that the only 4 threads you will weave with are the 4 leftmost threads. Do not include any of the threads around your 5th finger in the weaving.