Toy braiding machine

Even though I’m a hand braider, I’ve always been fascinated by braiding machines. I loved the antique hand-crank 5-strand braiding machine that was on display at Paradise Mills, the old Macclesfield silk weaving factory we toured at Braids 2012 in the U.K. This was the oldest braiding machine* I’d ever heard of – from 1830…

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A longer braid

I’m in the middle of making an extra-long braid, so I thought I would post an in-progress photo showing my loop-shortening strategy: “Caterpillar” tie-ups.

flat pickup pattern braid,

Pick-up 3: Flat braids

1. Loop set-ups for several great color-patterns for 5 to 7-loop flat braids! (no ‘pick-up’ required)
2. How to switch between different bicolor patterns in a flat braid (using pick-up)
3. Some “real” pick-up patterns for flat braids

Braids 2012 workshop, Manchester, England

Two-day workshop in November 2017

Update: Super-fun workshop! The returnees dove in and conquered the Katherine Wheele braid, and the newcomers learned more than I had expected to teach! (Sorry no class photos – this substitute photo is from Braids 2012 in Manchester, England)

Triangular fingerloop braids of 9 and 7 loops

A Triangular Braid

This is an easy, two-pass braid similar to a square braid, but with three sides rather than four. I’ve made one video each for 5-loop, 7-loop, and 9-loop Triangle braids!
This more triangular braid has some color-patterns that are very different from the equivalent Square or D-shaped braids…

10-loop "Nun's Book" letterbraid by Dominic Taylor

Letterbraid Therapy

Dominic will be teaching knotting at Braids 2016! His 2-day class is called Cylindrical Braids, which refers to nautical-type knotted ‘braids’ that can be formed around solid objects—like handles of tools, etc.

The first photos I’ve received back since sending my Nun’s Book letterbraid tutorial out into the braiding ether! —Of knots as well as letters…

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Braids 2016

I’m already very excited about the upcoming international Braids conference: Braids 2016. The loop braiding workshop I’ll be teaching there is on braiding and planning designs and motifs—like the so-called ‘letter braids,’ but with a braid that is much easier to make…

An unorthodox braid tutorial

This is a 7-loop, D-shaped braid with a rounded upper surface and a flat lower surface. And a lot of different color-pattern possibilities. The upper surface always looks very different from the lower surface…(video tutorial)