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Braids 2012

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

I won’t have enough time to make “real” tutorials til after I get back from Braids 2012, but I just added text instructions for the Genji-Uchi braid to last year’s Kute-Uchi tutorial.  The two videos already in that post relate directly to this braid!  Here’s a photo of some Genji-uchi braids. They can be made…

round spanish finger loop braid, 5 bicolor + 2 single-color loops

Doug’s braid

This braid is an unusual variation of a 7-loop spanish braid, with extra twists that cause the braid’s shape to end up firmly rounded rather than rectangular in cross-section. In some color patterns, the braid looks more square than round, but it’s more intricate than a square braid. Invented or discovered by Douglas Grant, a reader of this blog, who allowed me to share it here. (Thanks, Doug!)

Julie's silk purse with finger loop braids

Readers’ Gallery part 2

Gudrun Polak is an awe-inspiring and very inventive weaver, of both loom and card-weavings.  Her weaving website is called The Loomy Bin.  It’s a great resource— it has animated pattern-planning weaving programs as well as pattern libraries (for both card- and loom weaving).  She’s also the mainstay of the braiding study group in the weaving…

Unbraiding

Unbraiding means undoing your braid. In the following video I demo using the V-fell and A-fell loop braiding methods to braid and unbraid a 3-loop square braid. This can also be done with 5 and 7-loop braids (see link below to a 7-loop video). This is a great way to undo back to a mistake.…

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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…

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…