Flat double braids

My second tutorial on “double braids”! Here I show you how to braid a flat, ribbonlike double braid, twice as wide as the rectangular braid of my earlier tutorial, but made almost the same way. The tall braid photo located somewhere in my right sidebar is of a 10-loop flat double braid, made with color-linking – a color-manipulation trick that I demo in this tutorial.

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

Double braid tutorials

The braids in this photo are like square braids, but twice as wide! They are nice and substantial, not ribbonlike, and can have very different designs on the upper and lower surfaces if you use any bicolor loops.

I call these braids “rectangular double braids” because the traditional way to make them required two people to braid square braids side-by-side and joined together (the braids, not the braiders!). Here I teach my workaround method for one person to braid a double braid without a helper.

Braids 2012, part 1

Loop braiding highlights at the conference: Two different 2-day loop braiding workshops, plus a report from Mari Omura on loop braiding archeological evidence in Asia going back thousands of years B.C! Joy Boutrup’s 1st day of class included several unusual European loop braids that she has discovered through analyzing museum specimens—braids that are not known from any of the 15th or 17th C. loop braiding manuscripts…

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.]

Color-pattern planning, square and flat braids

How to set up the loops on your fingers to get the color order you want in your square, flat, Spanish, or double braid. Also, many square and flat braid color-patterns with setup instructions (and some flat double braid patterns contributed by Dan Gaiser). Part 2: hints and ideas on how to choose effective color combinations for your braids.

Double braid workshop at Braids 2012

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…

Medieval 2-worker braid from a German cathedral

This is an incredible finger loop braid from the 14th Century! It’s only known from one actual artifact–a century older than the oldest of the surviving loop braiding manuscripts. The braid has a very peculiar and intricate structure. And is amazingly similar to a Japanese kute-uchi braid that was made by a completely different method…

Citrus letterbraid, pt. 1

I’m almost finished madly braiding a letterbraid to send in to the Braid Society’s Traveling Exhibition*—still fiddling with the braidlets at the end. The orange is  DMC cotton embroidery floss, doubled, so 12-strand, and the light green is an unknown brand of silk knitting yarn of similar weight (sport? or maybe thinner). The braid is…