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Braids 2012, part 1

Loop braiding highlights at the conference: Two different 2-day loop braiding workshops, plus a report from Mari Omura on loop braiding archeological evidence in Asia going back thousands of years B.C! Joy Boutrup’s 1st day of class included several unusual European loop braids that she has discovered through analyzing museum specimens—braids that are not recorded in any of the surviving loop braiding manuscripts…

Kute-uchi braids, 16-36 loops

Genji-uchi, & new link

Just a note to say that I’ve added text instructions for the Genji-Uchi braid to last year’s Kute-Uchi tutorial. I also want to plug Cindy Myer’s pages on Medieval fingerloop braids — this is an incredible resource! She’s analyzed the braid instructions of 3 different source manuscripts, and made beautiful reproductions of almost all of them. These are displayed in a chart with links to her very clear text instructions for each braid…

Kute-uchi braids, 16-36 loops

Kute-uchi

The Japanese hand-held loop braiding technique that preceded kumihimo and produced incredibly complex and gorgeous braids–some more complex than are even possible to make easily on braiding stands! Two videos teaching the two most basic moves for making square and flat braids, and text instructions for a more complex braid that requires using both moves.

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Rainbow Girl

This year, the theme for the Braid Society’s swap was “Rainbow Girl”, which I first assumed was just a fun title for a rainbow color theme. But when I finally actually read the full description, I found out that Rainbow Girl refers to a Navajo sand painting guardian figure (though swappers were given the leeway…

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Medieval 2-worker braid from a German cathedral

This is an incredible finger loop braid from the 14th Century! It’s only known from one actual artifact–a century older than the oldest of the surviving loop braiding manuscripts. The braid has a very peculiar and intricate structure. And is amazingly similar to a Japanese kute-uchi braid that was made by a completely different method…

14 loop charted letterbraid, 17th C structure

Citrus letterbraid, pt. 1

I’m almost finished madly braiding a letterbraid to send in to the Braid Society‘s Traveling Exhibition*—still fiddling with the braidlets at the end. The orange is  DMC cotton embroidery floss, doubled, so 12-strand, and the light green is an unknown brand of silk knitting yarn of similar weight (sport? or maybe thinner). The braid is…