August 6, 2020
Our kids activity this week is a step-by-step tutorial for tying eye splices with three strand rope. We've also included links to a few great video tutorials for extra assistance.
Splicing is a method for joining rope into a loop or joining two lengths of line by weaving the strands together rather than tying a knot. It is a very useful thing to know how to do, and once you get the hang of it you can use it for all sorts of things at home and on the water. With these instructions you can use any kind of three-strand rope or line. Some three strand string will also work if you are patient and have small fingers! If you're trying to splice something really heavy, you may need a fid for a little extra help. Masking tape will also help keep your ends orderly, and help you in threading them through. You can also use a highlighter to color the masking tape if you find you're having a hard time keeping your strands straight.
Supplies: Three strand line, masking tape, fid (optional)
Step 1: Start by separating your line into its three strands for about 6 - 8" by untwisting from the end. You might want to wrap masking tape around the ends of the strands to keep them from unraveling further. You can also use a piece of scrap string or masking tape to tie 6 - 8" down to keep your line from unraveling further if you'd like.
Step 7: This is the trickiest one at the start! Rotate your splice again so that the last strand is on top. (this strand was on the right at the start). Feed the strand from right to left through the last remaining strand of the laid part of the line. Again, each unraveled strand should be separated by a strand in the laid part of the line.
Step 13: Take off your starting string, and you're done! Give your splice a few rolls under your palm or even under your shoe on the floor to work out any lumps. Hopefully you have some nicer line at home than we do and yours won't make as much of a mess!
If you have an easier time with videos than pictures, check out the detailed eye splice how-to video below, as well as two other splicing techniques you might want to try at home! If you enjoy knot tying want to try another similar project, check out our previous At Home Activity posts on making sailors bracelets or macrame. As with all our At Home Activities we would love to hear what you thought of this project! Share your photos with us by emailing us at [email protected], posting on our Facebook page or tagging us on Instagram @herreshoff #HerreshoffFromHome.