My real name is Ingrid Crickmore. I live on the west coast of the U.S. with my husband. My non-textile interests are desert camping, hiking, and botanizing; old-time music (old American fiddle tunes and songs), art, and linguistics. I am a preschool teacher.
I’ve always been interested in textile and fiber crafts and history. In 2006 I got sidetracked into loop braiding from knitting and naalbinding, when someone in a knitting group showed me how to make a 5-loop braid.
I started this blog partly because there’s so little information available about the V-fell (or “Method 2”) style of fingerheld loop braiding, which is a very useful method for making braids of more than 7 loops.
Everybody who gets into loop braiding seems to quickly get to the point of wanting to make bigger braids, and the V-fell method (plus some tricks for making double braids as a solo braider) will let you do that.
I’d love to see this method get spread around and used more. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate other methods! I use and love the A-fell method too, and I’m learning Kute-uchi and ancient Peruvian / Andean loop braiding, which are hand-held loop braiding methods.*
I just started adding videos to many of the tutorials in my posts. Loop braiding is easiest to learn from live demos–I’m hoping video tutorials will approach that.
I also post occasionally about my current braiding projects and ideas.
I’d love to see and hear about what you are braiding/ weaving, etc (leave a note under “comments”, or send me an email.)
Thanks for visiting!
*I made this Andean-type flat braid using hand-held loop braiding. I’ve been learning about ancient Andean loop braiding from Rodrick Owen, whenever he comes to the west coast of the U.S. to teach. He teaches both kumihimo and Andean braiding. (U.K. and U.S.A.) Click here for his upcoming workshops.
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Page 1: About Loop Braiding
Page 2: A-fell, V-fell, Slentre, and hand-held loop braiding
Page 3: Too-Many-Loop Braids
Page 4: Unorthodox Braids
Page 5: Old English Pattern Books for Loop Braiding
Page 6: Alphabet braids of the 17th Century
Page 7: About Me (this page)
Page 8: Terminology
Page 9: L-M BRIC and the Illustrated Instruction Series – an unofficial index to Masako Kinoshita’s loop braiding site.