Feb 3, 2013
These are what I’ve been working on recently while I’ve been away from my computer—warp-faced, plain weave finger loop braids that I’ve been making with a new (to me) method.
But the braids in the photo above are braided on one, tightly packed layer, not two. They come out narrower, firmer, and twice as thick as the ones in my header pic. They are similar in appearance to certain twined braids—the braids often called “bends” or “chevrons” in the old loop braiding manuscripts. But this method feels easier and faster than twining, while having almost as nice a result. Even though the braid looks so different from a square braid, what the fingers do isn’t a lot different:
…including the way 9 loops (or more) are handled. There’s just one extra “twist” to the method when making one of these plain-weave braids. I’ll make a tutorial at some point, this post is just a little preview.
By the way, the curly-looking fringes of some of the braids in the photo are 2-loop braids—2 loops makes a small, flat, 4-strand braid with an intrinsic twist. I have more than one video tutorial for 2-loop braids hiding down at the bottom of my Tutorials index page. (Lefties would make this braid differently than righties, and it’s easier to use your whole hand rather than fingers with longer loops.) It’s an extremely easy braid, though it’s tricky at first to get an even tension. But once you make a few, you’ll get the hang of how to control the tension. The curliness itself might seem ‘wonky’ at first, but to me that’s a feature, not a problem!
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