Braids 2025 Techniques – Loop Braiding

European Loop Braiding

2D5

Joy Boutrop

Description:  The course will be for advanced and beginners in loop braiding. The two groups will work with different topics. All will be introduced to the main principles of finger held loop braiding and specialties in the European tradition. A hand-out with introductions to the principles of loop braiding and different recipes is part of the class. You can bring your own materials but basic cotton yarns as well as natural and synthetic dyed silk yarns will be available.

The beginners will learn the basic movements and work two or three together after the first day using traditional recipes.

The advanced loop braiders will concentrate on plain and mixed interlacing, double tubular braids, “arme braids”, oblique twining, letter braids, that is more complex possibilities of pattering braids in collaboration.

Recipes and a collection of samples will be at hand to choose your projects from.

Experience:  All levels of experience

        

European Braids 1                                                     European Braids 2

Materials: Embroidery floss and cotton knitting yarn is good for beginners, mercerized if possible. All are welcome to bring the yarns they are normally working with and try them during the course.

    

Instructor will supply:   Variety of yarns

Materials fee: $5 for handouts

 

Tubular Finger-held Loop Braids

2D7

Ingrid Crickmore

Description: 3 general types of tubular fingerloop braids will be taught:
Hollow braids, braids formed around a pre-existing core, and a
Double-tubular braid (the core and outer tube braided simultaneously). These
techniques are all known or extrapolated from historical European loop
braids or braiding documents. Most class braids will be taught as
partner-braiding techniques in which two braiders cooperate in producing the
braid (the traditional method). All can also be braided by a solo braider,
using adaptations taught on my website for making two-worker braids as a
solo braider.

Braiding around a core: This is a bit like braiding your own paracord! We
will learn two different ways to loop braid around a pre-existing core. The
two methods produce different results. One method can be used with a
flexible core, like a cord, another braid, or vinyl tubing, etc. The second
method can also be used around some rigid, non-flexible types of cores, like
a narrow dowel. We will learn how to solo-braid a 5- or 7-loop square braid
around a pre-existing core. The class will also work in pairs to braid
10-loop braids around pre-existing cores, using two different methods.

Other tubular braids covered:  the Hollow double braid without a core, and
the Double-tubular braid (tube-within-a-tube/ a.k.a. “couvert” or “compound”
in some old braiding manuscripts). The Double-tubular braid has interesting
color-patterning possibilities, because the color of the inner braided core
can be concealed by the outer braided tube, and then allowed to emerge at
the discretion of the braider.

Students may braid (or at least start) a semi-rigid bracelet, key fob, or
holiday ornament FO.

Experience: Not a beginning loop braiding class. Participants will get more
out of the class if they can already braid a 5-loop square braid fairly
easily before the start of the conference, preferably using the V-fell
method taught on my website (ring finger as ‘fetcher,’ rather than index
finger). This can be learned on my website from the “Start Here” video
tutorial (https://loopbraider.com/).

If time allows, I am happy to meet with class members outside of class time
to explore or practice other loop braiding techniques or ‘tips and tricks’
not covered in class.

10-loop Double-tubular (couvert) loop braid
6-loop square and ‘Spanish’ braid structures around a core of vinyl tubing

       

Double Loop Braid                                                    Six Loop Bracelet

Materials:  Clamp for table (metal C-clamp if possible) + cardboard or other material to protect tabletop under clamp.
Cell phone or camera for taking photos of class samples.
Pair of scissors or other type of yarn cutter.

A belt would be helpful, but not absolutely essential.
Don’t forget your reading glasses!
Pen or pencil to make notes and fill out labels for samples.
(Cushion or pad to make chair more comfortable?)
Sense of humor and willingness to make mistakes!

Instructor will supply:   Yarn, core material, wide-tooth comb for each student to keep (to ‘park’ loops on), possibly bracelet findings for FO, printed handouts, paper tags for labeling samples

Materials fee: $5-$10

Kute-uchi Kikko

2D8

Jacqui Carey

Description:  Kikko, the tortoise-shell pattern, can be found on many braids in Japan. This workshop will show students how to recognize and document the differences between the structures on which they are found, as well as understanding the pattern potential on each structure.

After considering the viability of various methods of reproduction (takadai, marudai and two-person kute-uchi), students will have an opportunity to recreate some historic examples by themselves using Jacqui’s elegant solution.

Note, the workshop will start with a brief refresher on using the kute-uchi technique to make the standard flat odoshi braid.

Experience:  students are expected to have some prior experience in kute-uchi, although Jacqui will start with a quick refresher of the standard odoshi flat braid.

        

Kute-uchi kikko 1                                                       Kute-uchi kikko 2

Materials: Students will need to have: warping post, thin card, scissors, sticky tape (selotape), large bull-dog clip or peg

Instructor will supply:   instructions, wool and silk warps

Materials fee: $15

Sling Braids from the Andes

1D3

Jean Leader

Description:  A introduction to making Andean sling braids — these braids are made using your fingers and no additional equipment is needed, not even somewhere to attach one end of the braid. The workshop will start with setting up and working a basic 16-strand two-colour braid, then move on to making braids with more colours and different patterns. Starting with a loop and braids with more strands will also be explained.

Experience:. Beginners and those with a little experience of making Andean sling/crossed-warp braids

         

Sling Braids 1                                                              Sling Braids 2

Materials: Yarn of various colours — rug yarn, worsted (USA), double knitting (UK), scissors. Wool is best but other yarns are ok for samples. 

Instructor will supply:   Some yarns, instructions

Materials fee: $10-$20

Cross Warp Braids from the Andes

1D11

Jean Leader

Description:  An introduction to making Andean crossed-warp braids. For these braids the first step is making the warp, the far end of which is attached to a fixed point while the working end can be hand-held or attached to a back-strap.

To make the braid the warps are manipulated to change their positions and the weft is passed from right to left. Then the warps are returned to their original positions and the weft is passed from left to right ready for the next warp manipulation.

The simplest braid has 8 warp threads and is set up with two colours, wider braids with 16 warp threads can be worked with two or three colours and usually have a diamond pattern. This braid is occasionally used as an edge trim for cloth when it is joined to the fabric edge as it is being made using its own weft threaded on a needle.

Experience: Beginners and those with a little experience of making Andean sling/crossed-warp braids

        

Cross Warp Braids 1                                                  Cross Warp Braids 2

Cross Warp Braids 3

Materials:  Suitable yarns of various thicknesses and fibres (wool, cotton or acrylic). Smooth yarns work best and anything at all hairy or fluffy should definitely be avoided. If possible warping posts and G-clamps for attaching warp end to table. Back-strap of some sort for attaching working end to waist (optional).

Instructor will supply:   Some yarns, a few warping posts and G-clamps (not enough for 12), Handouts

Materials fee: $10-$20