I’m Ingrid Crickmore, a.k.a. loopbraider. 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.
My mother was my art and textile inspiration beginning when I was a young child. She had never gone to college in her native country, but when I was 10 or so she went to art college and majored in textile arts, which had a huge impact on me! She had always made things and shown me how to make things, but after she started college, I got to pore through art history books, tag along and draw in life drawing classes, watch her weaving and dyeing, and go to galleries and craft fairs. Since then 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 got hooked pretty quickly, partly because it was so fun to do and partly because there was so little information available about it that I had to figure out some things on my own. That turned into an intriguing voyage of discovery into the inherent possibilities of a seemingly rather limited craft.
I started this blog to share some of the things I had learned. One was what I was lucky enough to learn with my first braid – the V-fell (or “Method 2”) style of basic finger-held loop braiding, used historically by at least half the world. When I started this blog in 2010, there was little to no information about this method, either in print or online, even though it’s the best one to learn if you want to make 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 traditional two-worker loop braids as a solo braider!) will let you do that.
I’m also very interested in other loop braiding methods, and in the world-wide history of loop braiding. The classic European loop braiding tradition (where the basic A-fell method was used) left behind an impressive body of notated braids in a few 15th and 17th Century manuscripts, which have been analyzed in depth by Noemi Speiser and others over the last half-century or less. The hand-held loop braiding traditions of old Japan and pre-Incan Peru are also very exciting to me, and I’ve been trying to learn about both of them.*
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 hear from you! (leave a note under “comments”, or send me an email.)
Thanks for visiting Loop Braiding!
*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.