Ok, here goes with Part 2… This is about the kute-uchi loop braiding day in Joy Boutrup’s class at Braids 2012. (The first day was on historic European finger loop braids.) Her class covered so much that it was like a feast. I just wish I had taken more photos, and asked Joy more questions!
An ancient Japanese hand-held loop braiding technique that preceded kumihimo. Used in making many types of braids, simple to very complex…Two videos teaching the two most basic moves, (either can be used to make square or flat braids), and text instructions for a more complex braid that requires using both moves.
I am very excited about this! I just got word that my workshop proposal (Intro to double braids as a solo braider) was accepted by the organizers of Braids 2012! That’s an international braiding conference (who knew?) that will be held in Manchester, England next year, August 20 – 24, put on by the Braid…
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.