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'''Braiding''' is the craft of making [[braid]] from [[spinning|spun]] [[thread]]. Braids can be decorative, practical or both, and the technique used can determine which category the resulting braid falls into.
This includes plaiting, use of a lucet, finger knitting, etc to produce neat cords from a spun fibre.
 
   
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There are a number of braiding techniques, all producing different forms of braid. See the [[braid]] page for a discussion of braid types and uses, beolw is a list of techniques and links to pages on them.
'''Basic braids''' and more complicated plaits can be found at:
 
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* [[fingerloop braids]] - produces either flat decorative braids, or flat-one-one-side braids good for [[couching]]. Quite quick to make, but hard to make longer than a metre or so in length and increasingly harder to add more threads (as you only ave ten fingers). Decorations are limited by the highly interlooped way the threads move in the band
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* [[tablet-weaving|tablet woven braids]] - produces flat braids of any length (within reason) and with a very high degree of control over the decoration (especially with the advanced double-face and 3/1 twill techniques). The braids are also very strong and durable.
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* [[kumihimo]] - produces circular cross-section braids of astonishing complexity and beauty - traditionally made in silk, weaving tends to take a bit more time, but the results are worth it
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* [[lucet]] - produces square or couching braids - braiding is quite easy to do, though it can be time-consuming and the threads used must be hard-wearing due to abrasion - but this is a braiding technique that can be taken on the train/bus with you
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Insturctions on some basic braids and more complicated plaits can be found through Phiala's string pages:
 
http://www.stringpage.com/
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A good start being her basic braiding pages (please note shes moving her site so these links may become inactive):
 
http://www.stringpage.com/old/braids.html
 
http://www.stringpage.com/old/braids.html
 
http://www.stringpage.com/old/coolbraid.html
 
http://www.stringpage.com/old/coolbraid.html
 
http://www.stringpage.com/old/fingerloop.html
 
http://www.stringpage.com/old/fingerloop.html
 
A '''lucet''' is a two pronged inplement that makes some forms of finger knitting much easier. It produces square profiled cords that are quite neat and nifty, and VERY tough (perfect for armour points), but use up a lot of [[thread]] to produce.
 
Instructions (including how to make 2 colour and beaded cords)
 
http://www.stringpage.com/old/lucet.html
 
It can also make elliptical cross-section braid using the "twisted-stitch:" method that's pretty good for couching cord - as long as it's made with a fine fibre.
 
 
Other forms of braiding include
 
*Sprang http://www.stringpage.com/old/sprang.html
 
*Kumihimo
 

Revision as of 23:04, 25 June 2003

Braiding is the craft of making braid from spun thread. Braids can be decorative, practical or both, and the technique used can determine which category the resulting braid falls into.

There are a number of braiding techniques, all producing different forms of braid. See the braid page for a discussion of braid types and uses, beolw is a list of techniques and links to pages on them.

  • fingerloop braids - produces either flat decorative braids, or flat-one-one-side braids good for couching. Quite quick to make, but hard to make longer than a metre or so in length and increasingly harder to add more threads (as you only ave ten fingers). Decorations are limited by the highly interlooped way the threads move in the band
  • tablet woven braids - produces flat braids of any length (within reason) and with a very high degree of control over the decoration (especially with the advanced double-face and 3/1 twill techniques). The braids are also very strong and durable.
  • kumihimo - produces circular cross-section braids of astonishing complexity and beauty - traditionally made in silk, weaving tends to take a bit more time, but the results are worth it
  • lucet - produces square or couching braids - braiding is quite easy to do, though it can be time-consuming and the threads used must be hard-wearing due to abrasion - but this is a braiding technique that can be taken on the train/bus with you

Insturctions on some basic braids and more complicated plaits can be found through Phiala's string pages: http://www.stringpage.com/

A good start being her basic braiding pages (please note shes moving her site so these links may become inactive): http://www.stringpage.com/old/braids.html http://www.stringpage.com/old/coolbraid.html http://www.stringpage.com/old/fingerloop.html