I’ve been researching to find the proper way to make a squaw wrap on necklaces to no avail. How is this technique achieved? I understand the type of thread/cord to be used, however, securing the cord at each end seems to be a mystery. How are the ends of the cord secured? Please help. Thank you. Vicki
The technique of finishing the ends of necklace in a squaw wrap is related to “whipping” which is a term related to finishing ropes by wrapping a cord around the rope/ropes such as is done in the squaw wrap.
While this answer does not provide a step-by-step how-to make a squaw wrap, it should get you headed in the right direction. There are several ways to lay down a cord, wrap and pull through to secure. It is my understanding that the cord used for the whipping (or squaw wrap) is the very long ends of the necklace, not a separate cord that is added. I assume you would tie the ends together at the desired length, then lay the ends down, whip, and pull to finish.
I’m going to provide you with some links I found, but you might also want to google these terms
whipping two ropes together
marrying two ropes together
Here are a few good posts – the first is from Wikipedia and talks about whipping in general.
This pdf file show more types of whipping with how-to narrative.
There is another traditional way to finish off the ends of a necklace and that is by braiding and waxing the two ends of the necklace – they are then tied together at the desired length. This is a great method since it allows for adjustable lengths.
Best of luck and if you do find the definitive way to finish off a necklace with a squaw wrap, please let me know so I can share it with other readers.