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2. Unlay the three separate strands of
the line back to the whipping. Tape the
ends of each of the three strands with
masking tape to keep them together and
to make the line easier to splice. Some
folks burn the ends of the strands to stop
them coming unraveled; I prefer not to
do this because it creates a hard spot that
makes forming the tucks difficult.
3. Getting started is the hardest part.
Line up the whipping twine with the
closed end of the thimble, as shown.
4. Holding the line snug and tight
between thumb and finger, grab the
strand closest to the top and work this
under the strand immediately opposing
it on the other side of the thimble.
5. Turn over the line and thimble, being
careful to hold the line in place. Using
the strand closest to the thimble, thread
this second strand under its immediately
adjacent neighbor on the standing part,
remembering that the tucks go against
the direction of the lay.
6. Tuck in the third strand between the
two you just completed in the previous
steps. A fid sometimes helps to open up
the line if it’s tight.
7. Making sure that the thimble is tight
within the eye you just formed, continue
making alternate under-and-over tucks
in all three strands, pulling each one
tight as you go.
8. Keep going until you have at least
five tucks, then trim back the ends with
a pair of scissors or sharp knife. Carefully
trim off the temporary whipping you
installed earlier, but be careful not to cut
the underlying line. Although not essential, a final step is to seal the ends of the
cuts with a lighter.
The opening size of the thimble is dictated by the line
diameter. Thimbles are sized according to the diameter of the
line with which they’ll be used. A thimble that is incorrectly
sized will work its way loose.