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200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, or Weave
by Jacqui Carey

"A fascinating compilation of braids that is well-illustrated and clearly explained."—The News & Observer

All projects benefit from that perfect finishing touch. Create a personalized braided trim to complete any project—from clothing, furnishings, greeting cards, jewelry, totes, gift wrap, floral arrangements, and more—with 200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, or Weave, no previous experience necessary!

Choose from hundreds of sumptuous braided designs arranged by structure, from twisted and knotted pieces to more elaborate looped and woven examples, even those that incorporate beads.

Samples. Threads and beads make wonderful combinations. The hard, shiny lustrous quality of the beads contrast against the soft, textural qualities of thread, providing unique design possibilities.

Each braid features a beautiful close-up photograph, materials list, step-by-step instructions and clear easy-to-follow color illustrations to guide the reader along.  Each technique used in the book is explored in-depth, followed by tips on starting and finishing braids, and advice for incorporating braids into other textile projects.

Any thread or fiber can be worked into a braid or trim, and little or no equipment is required to create each braid. Assembly is a breeze! Experiment with texture and color to make gilded, beaded, glittery, or jeweled creations. Custom design your own braids and trimmings for that extra special touch—the range of possibilities is endless!

Hardbound with concealed wire-o, 5¾ x 7¾, 256 pages; 443 photographs, 30 illustrations


Table of Contents

Everyone needs a braid at some time in their life – whether to finish off a beautifully handcrafted project or just to tie things together.

How to use this book
The book is divided into two parts. To begin with you will find useful information on yarns and beads and all of the core techniques required to make the braids shown in the book. The Braid and Trim Collection is divided into smaller sections showing examples of braids that have been twisted, knotted, looped, woven, braided, or ply-split.

Narrow wares can be made from any fiber or thread. Each different texture will produce a different result, so you can get just the effect you are after.

There are many different types of beads available today. They come in a whole range of shapes, sizes, and materials.

Section One: Techniques
Before you can begin to create your own beautiful braids, you need to discover the basic techniques involved in twisting, knotting, inter-looping, weaving, braiding, and ply-split darning.

Twisting elements together is one of the oldest and most basic textile techniques.

Broadly speaking, knotting is a technique where elements make loops, and the ends of the elements are then taken through these loops and tightened.

Interlooping can be made with one or more elements and covers techniques such as crochet and knitting. Simple narrow wares using one or two loops can easily be made with your fingers. 

Weaving is made from a warp and weft. The warp is a group of elements that work from the top to bottom of the weaving, running parallel to the outer edges, while the weft lies perpendicular to these edges, and works its way back and forth across the warp threads.

A wide range of different braiding techniques have developed all over the world, including “Kumihimo” from Japan, “Slentre” from Denmark, and “Tili” from the Middle East. 

Ply-split darning
Ply-splitting is the process of taking an element between the plies of a twisted cord. The technique can be used to make either a braid structure or a “warp twined” structure. 

Working with beads
Threads and beads make wonderful combinations. The hard, shiny, lustrous quality of the bead contrast against the soft, textural qualities of thread, providing unique design possibilities.

Beginnings and ends
Many of the samples shown in this book will unravel if he ends are not secured. It is normal to make a temporary tie (with thread or even sticky tape) before taking the time to make a more permanent fixing.

Using narrow wares
Narrow wares can be put to many uses, either as a finishing touch to other projects, or as items in their own right.

Section Two: The Braid and Trim Collection
The braids within this collection are grouped together in smaller sections of Twisting, Knotting, Loopwork, Weaving, Braiding, and Ply-split darning.

Braid and trim selector
All of the braids featured in the book appear on the following pages. Just pick the one you’d like to make and turn to the page number for more information.

Simple twisted cords are an easy introduction for the beginner, yet beautiful results can be created by combining colors and textures in different ways.

Variations of functional knots create interesting results. Begin with the simpler varieties such as overhand knots and progress onto more challenging knots like the crown sinnets.

You can use your fingers if you are creating a simple narrow ware with one of two loops. More complicated loops can be made using a lucet or knitting spool.

Create woven bands of different sizes using simple techniques. Altering the thickness of the warp or weft elements, and incorporating beads into the designs produces interesting results.

Braids can be created with any number of elements from three of above. Experiment with different yarns in different starting positions and watch your results change.

Ply-split darning
This is an unusual technique made from a weft element running through the plies of twisted cords. If possible, try to use handmade two-ply cords as these give a more satisfactory overall result.


Index and credits


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