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.

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Odd

Here’s a tutorial for a very non-traditional 12-loop braid with an unusual number of loop-transfers: Five! You might call it a Double-and-a-bit-more Braid. It could be made by two braiders working together, but my video tutorial teaches it the way I braid it by myself – holding 7 loops on my left hand and 5 on my right.

I also give text instructions for another “odd” braid – the 7-loop Square-and-a-half braid. It has three loop-transfers! One more than a square braid, and one fewer than a Spanish or double braid…