hollow double braid, 9 loops, Edge pattern with mulitcolors

Hollow loop braids

This is Part 3 of my double braid tutorials, on the hollow, or tubular version of the double braid. [Part 1 – Basic instructions, and Solid Rectangle double braids; Part 2 – Flat double braids.] No video in this tutorial—it’s not needed, as the method is so similar to making a flat double braid…

2 10-loop double braids, solid rectangle shape, bicolor patterns

Double braid tutorials

Part 1, see also Part 2, on flat, and Part 3 on hollow double braids

Double braids are more complex braids—tantalizingly out of reach for most fingerloop braiders, because the traditional method requires a team of two braiders working together…

7-loop fingerloop braid, "Doug's Braid", made by Ingrid Crickmore

Video for Doug’s braid

Here’s a video to go with my tutorial—a few posts ago—for Douglas Grant’s Round Spanish Braid of 7 loops. The video also demos a new color pattern for the braid. It’s shown above in mercerized cotton sport-weight yarn (elann.com’s Lara). That’s about equivalent to using doubled strands of embroidery floss…

bracelet on teapot

Bracelet with chevrons

Here’s a friendship bracelet video tutorial that also shows how to make my favorite type of color pattern for a square braid: chevrons across bicolor stripes. The bracelet tutorial teaches an easy way to make a lo-tech adjustable closure if your bracelet has a loop at one end. This can be used for any bracelet…

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…

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CONTINUE HERE: 7-loop braids

This video teaches fingerloop braiding with 7 loops, showing the divided, square, and flat variations of a 7-loop braid, plus how to unbraid back a few cycles to fix a mistake. Learn 5-loop square and flat braids first.  Once you’ve braided a few of those you’ll be ready to try this 7-loop version. You might…

Loop braiding workshop

I’ll be teaching a 2-day loop braiding workshop the last weekend of January, and there is room for a few more participants.  It’ll be in the San Francisco bay area (Redwood City), email me if you are interested, and I’ll send you more info about it. UPDATE: The workshop is full now. There’s been enough…

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.…

New ‘Tutorials’ page

Oct 16, 2011 I recently made a new info page for this blog (called Tutorials).  It’s an index to  all my tutorials, with a description and link to each one.  It can be accessed from the bold menu links at the top of every page, and also from a link in the sidebar, under “Loop Braiding…