Information about other sites that have good loop braiding tutorials, and why their basic braid instructions may seem different than mine.
Thanks, Gudrun, Julie, and Annie!
Thanks, Ricky, Sawyer, Ramona, Patty, Dominic and “Aunt” Janet!
Tomorrow, Wed the 18th, I will be supporting the (U.S.) internet blackout in protest of the two U.S. internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA. So my site will essentially have a big protest sign draped over it for a day (this will be until midnight EST, I decided to follow the timeline Wikipedia is using…
7-loop braids are just one step up from 5 loops, but they add a lot more color pattern possibilities! And the flat variation turns out even wider and more ribbon-like.
I’ll be teaching a 2-day loop braiding workshop the last weekend of January, and there is room for a few more participants. It’ll be in the San Francisco bay area (Redwood City), email me if you are interested, and I’ll send you more info about it. UPDATE: The workshop is full now. There’s been enough…
The Japanese hand-held loop braiding technique that preceded kumihimo and produced incredibly complex and gorgeous braids–some more complex than are even possible to make easily on braiding stands! Two videos teaching the two most basic moves for making square and flat braids, and text instructions for a more complex braid that requires using both moves.
Unbraiding is a real time-saver. If you make a mistake that you just can’t “live with,” it’s almost always quicker to unbraid it than to start all over again cutting yarn and setting up for a new braid. Even if you’ve braided an inch or more past the mistake by the time you notice it…
An alternative method for braiding the 15th C. eight-loop braids known as Lace Dawns (or Daunce) and Lace Piole. It is a faster method, with no doubled loops on any fingers. (Requires using the thumb of only one hand, so might be a good intro to 9-loop square braids.)
I just made a new info page for this blog (called Tutorials). It’s an index to all my tutorials, with a description and link to each one. It can be accessed from the bold menu links at the top of every page, and also from a link in the sidebar, under “Loop Braiding Blog Map.”
This post is just to say that I have added videos to my Jan. 2011 tutorial on the so-called “Spanish” braid of 7 loops that is the base braid for the 14-loop letterbraid: The methods for this and two other 17th Century letter braids were recently decoded by Joy Boutrup, extending Noémi Speiser’s earlier research…
Sep 30, 2011 I now (finally) have videos for all three of my square braid tutorials. The introductory level (5- loop braids) tutorial has 4 videos—2 on the square braid and 2 on making a flat, wide variation with a loop/ buttonhole at each end. I made the first two at a super-slow-mo speed that…
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)
Some of the reasons why 2 and 3-loop braids are so useful. These three-, four-, and six-strand braids are easy and quick to produce with finger loop braiding—in fact you get two at the same time in the case of three-strand braids..
Hi Centralia braiders—I had a great time braiding with you all!
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.
Two topics: 1. Braiding longer lengths than your reach, and 2. Starting braids with no loose ends at the top. (These two topics are slightly related.)
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…
I’ll be on vacation for a month, leaving on the 12th or so, and will only have sporadic internet access (we’ll be camping).
Eleven-loop braids! Yes, just like 5, 7, and 9-loop square and flat braids, but with 11 loops, so more color possibilities, and a bigger braid…Requires holding two loops on the little finger. Photo-tute and videos.