An Iron-age loop braid

Two alternative fingerloop braiding methods for making the 2,500-year-old, 15-loop fingerloop braid known as “HallTex 301.” This braid artifact is one of the amazing textile finds from the famous Hallstatt Salt Mines in the Austrian Alps! 2 videos, one demoing a “Palms-up” method and the other a “Palms-down” method.

Oldest known image of fingerloop braiding, finger-held loop-manipulation braiding, circa 1320, Constance, Germany

Which braids on this site are historically accurate?

An all-history post: Which braids belong to which era? Which ones are ‘made up’? Can a braid be ‘period’ if it’s not in the old manuscripts? Information on the known loop braiding manuscripts, differences and similarities between braids of different eras, recent historical and archeological findings, what’s happened to L-M BRIC, more. Also info on traditional fibers – types of silk, linen, wool, etc.

KumiKreator toy braiding machine review

I’ve always been fascinated by braiding machines, so I couldn’t resist the new ‘toy’ by Spin Master / Cool Maker that makes a real Kumihimo braid called Kongoh-gumi! It’s not much like the antique hand-crank braiding machine that I was lucky enough to see and crank at Braids 2012…

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…

Kute-uchi braids, 16-36 loops

Genji-uchi, & new link

Just a note to say that I’ve added text instructions for the Genji-Uchi braid to last year’s Kute-Uchi tutorial. I also want to plug Cindy Myer’s pages on Medieval fingerloop braids — this is an incredible resource! She’s analyzed the braid instructions of 3 different source manuscripts, and made beautiful reproductions of almost all of them. These are displayed in a chart with links to her very clear text instructions for each braid…

Rainbow Girl

A ‘Plain Oblique Twined’ braid — usually abbreviated as POT by ply-split braiders. This kind of twining can also be done with loop braiding. I love this braid, and got to use it as part of a Braid Society Swap because of its unplanned resemblance to a Navajo sand painting figure… (not a tutorial)