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 known from any of the 15th or 17th C. loop braiding manuscripts…
Eleven-loop braids! Yes, just like 5, 7, and 9-loop square and flat braids, but with 11 loops, so more color possibilities, and a bigger braid…Requires holding two loops on the little finger. Photo-tute and videos.
Basic intro to using your thumbs in loop braiding. Why let two whole digits go to waste? When I first was shown how to make a 5-loop square braid, the friend-of-a-friend who showed me mentioned nonchalantly that I could braid 7 and 9-loop braids the same way, just by adding more loops and fingers. Photo-tute and videos.
Bicolor loops are loops made out of two colors, tied or linked together. They can create very different braid patterns than the patterns you can get from single-color loops. Tutorial for using bicolor loops, including 3 basic bicolor pattern variations that can be made with 5 or more loops, and a video showing a bicolor pattern for 3 loops.