Thanks Chris, Caroline, Dan, Terry, Traci, Colleen, Faustine for sending me your braid photos!
This is a ‘what I’ve been braiding lately’ post. It’s a letterbraid variation that I came up with last summer on a camping trip—an eighteen-loop version of the 17th Century letterbraid of fourteen loops. (Click on photos for more detail)…
This is a photo-tutorial in PDF form on 3-loop braids that I made last year for another site. You can scroll through the tutorial in the thumbnail window to view it. It can also be downloaded as a free pdf file. Videos and suggestions for materials are below the photo-tutorial. Enjoy!
A couple of months ago, when I had to make some sample braids for an article, I decided to try a waxed cotton cord I had seen online. I wanted to use something stiffer than embroidery floss, something that would really show the structure of the braids.
This is an amazing finger loop braid from the 14th Century! I had no idea anything like this had been made by European loop braiders (see footnote about kute-uchi braids*). This dense, 10-loop cord is basically two square braids that are completely enmeshed and interlaced through each other down the axis of the braid.