I've been making these for a while and include them in my various fire kits. They have worked well igniting from ferro rods, char cloth, bow drill ember, and magnification. I've been asked in the past to post a little how-to. My latest spool of jute is 3-ply, so when using 2-ply I usually add one or two extra hand wraps. This 3-ply gets 3 wraps around the hand and about an extra 6"-8". To wind from the middle to the end. Then the tail gets tucked under the end loops and pull up the slack on the large loops. Then cut the large loops and unwind and spread open the individual lines. Try spreading out the individual lines so it looks like hair. Increasing the surface area helps pick up small sparks from even an empty fuel Bic lighter.