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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)

Two loop braids showing variations of the same color-linking pattern

Color-linking in a 7-loop flat braid

This video-based tutorial teaches several color-pattern variations of a 7-loop flat braid with an extra move in some of the loop transfers. It’s a way to link loops of different colors, to force them to stay within one section of the braid, instead of migrating across the whole braid. I taught this earlier for flat double braids–this is the same technique, but here I’m teaching it with the flat variation of a 7-loop square braid.

2 10-loop double braids, solid rectangle shape, bicolor patterns

Double braid tutorials

Part 1, on the “double-square” or rectangular variation
Double braids are twice as complex and beautiful as square braids, but tantalizingly out of reach for most fingerloop braiders, because the traditional method requires a team of two braiders. Here I teach my workaround methods for a single braider to make these traditional 10-loop braids, as well as beautiful 6- and 8-loop versions that don’t require using “too-many-loops”.

round spanish finger loop braid, 5 bicolor + 2 single-color loops

Doug’s braid

This braid is an unusual variation of a 7-loop spanish braid, with intricate color-patterns and a shape that is firmly rounded rather than rectangular in cross-section. Invented or discovered by Douglas Grant, a reader of this blog, who allowed me to share it here. (Thanks, Doug!) [A more recent post has the video for this braid, but this post has photos + instructions for several different color patterns.]