1 – Samurai Armour Braids

Instructor: Jacqui Carey

Class Recording Link

Q&A Recording Link

Supplemental Recordings:

  1. Historical Samurai armour braids
  2. Kute-uchi preparation
  3. Winding a warp
  4. How to braid
  5. The patterns

Q&A session: Saturday, June 5, 2021, 11:00am – 11:30am Eastern Time Link here Meeting ID: 912 6656 6589 Passcode: 263127

Class Description:

This workshop is an introduction to the world of samurai armour braids. It starts with a brief look at some of the historical evidence, before embarking on a more detailed explanation of the loop-manipulation technique known as kute-uchi. Jacqui’s accessible approach uses ‘tab handles’ (likened to having ‘trainer wheels’ on a bicycle) and will allow students to recreate specific examples, including some additional patterns not included in her recent publication.

For students of all levels.

Prerequisite: none

All needed materials will be listed in complete detail when registration closes. Students will provide their own materials to create these braids.

Class Instructions:

Forum

Equipment:

These braids are worked by hand; no braiding equipment necessary.

Supply List:

  • Warping posts (or equivalent)
  • Thin card
  • Scissors
  • Sticky-tape (sellotape or Scotch tape)
  • Bull-dog clip or peg (binder clip)
  • Thick cotton or thick wool (chunky/bulky) – four different colours
  • Spare thread for temporary ties (soft cotton or similar)
  • Optional: Kute-uchi foot-operated beater