Braids And Braiding, Plats, Sinnets, Chained Cords, And All Their Varied Relations Near And Far.


Braids & braiding; braids,plats, sinnets,twists,chains, and every other way of working fibers that is kith & kin to these. A lot of information, and links, are scattered around the link pages. Have a look — if you still can’t find it drop me a line — i’ll see what i can do.

Braids & braiding; braids,plats, sinnets,twists,chains, and every other way of working fibers that is kith & kin to these. A lot of information, and links, are scattered around the link pages. Have a look — if you still can’t find it drop me a line — i’ll see what i can do.

I have no relationship with the sites I review, other than a few which I have been a customer of. I will not receive any direct rewards, fiscal or otherwise, for my reviews or any visits you may make.

BRAIDS

BRAIDS USED AS A COVERING

CHAIN SINNETS

CROWN SINNETS

EQUIPMENT AND GEAR TO BRAID ON OR AMONG, OR WHILE ASSISTED BY IT.

FINGERLOOP BRAIDS & HOW TO DO THEM

Fingerloop Braiding: This is a one-page branch of the Rhiannon’s Delights site. She teaches fingerloop braiding, among other things, and has posted three hand-outs from her lessons. The PDF files are available for free download. A short site, but useful if you are looking for some first-rate information on fingerloop braiding. Reviewed 2010.01.17.

Fingerloop Braids: This site has an excellent explanation and in-depth tutorial on the fingerloop braiding technique. This style of braiding is done with one end of the strands anchored, while the working ends are made as loops. Using one or more loops per finger, and sometimes more than one braider for more than ten fingers, you braid by changing positions and fingers of the loops. It seems to work up quickly, and was used for high-rate production of braided goods before machines took that over. This braiding method has many variations, and has been invented, and reinvented around the world by several societies, at several times. If you are interested at all, I recommend you go here and look around. Reviewed 2010.01.17.

Sample Fingerlooped Braids from a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript: This title is kind of long for most of us. In the academic world where this page resides, it is probably middle of the road. This is a one-page exposition of the art/craft of fingerloop braiding. The authors, using the directions from a Middle Ages manuscript, produced several nice looking braids from colored yarns. They took some pictures, and each is accompanied by a short description and the name of the braid pattern used. There isn’t enough information for you to replicate their work, but with the name of the original document and the name of the braid, you could perhaps track them down. Reviewed 2010.01.17.

FINGERWEAVING, A FORM OF BRAIDING DONE BY THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS.

Michelle Beauvais ‘s Public Gallery: Mon. Beauvais has taken some exceptionally fine photographs of North American Indian fingerwoven sashes. This includes some striking examples of the “Assumption Sashes”. In any other time or place this technique would be some kind of braiding or plaiting. The name, I assume, is traditional, as is the workmanship shown in these fingerweaves. Reviewed 2010.01.15.

FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS & PRAYER BRACELETS

GROUPS, SCHOOLS, COVENS, AND GATHERINGS THAT BRAID

The Braid Society: This is the home page and on-line presence of an association based in the United Kingdom — not that time or distance mean that much in the void. They have some pictures of outstanding braiding done by their members. In order to get the most out of this, you need to join, but dropping in to look at the pretty pictures is worthwhile. They have a journal available to members only, and they coordinate a braid swap every year. If you are deeply into kumi-himo or some other form of braiding, you should visit to see if you are meant for each other. Reviewed on 2010.01.15.

HAIR BRAIDING

HUMAN WHILE LIVING, HAIR USUALLY ATTACHED

HUMANS  AFTER THEIR DEMISE, HAIR USUALLY DETTACHED

HORSE HAIR WITH THE HORSE ATTACHED

HORSE HAIR WITHOUT THE HORSE

OTHER HAIRS FROM OTHER BEASTS

KUMI-HIMO & OTHER JAPANESE BRAIDS

Braid Weaver: Miss Carol Franklin’s desired end result from this web page is that you buy a set of plans to build a taka-dai braiding stand. To that end she does a very nice job of briefly, but thoroughly, explaining the taka-dai and how it is used. Not an “extensive and covers all the bases” kind of site, but one targeted carefully to a single aim, and nicely done. Reviewed 2010.01.15.

Carey Company: Miss Jacqui Carey is the doyenne of the kumi-himo revival as a craft in America. The braiding is a form developed in Japan, no one knows when, but it was long ago. The braids are done on one of several stands. The braids take their generic name from the stand used, or was it the other way around? Like many people on the Internet exhibiting a rare skill, she would like for this to end in a sale. There is nothing wrong with that. I just feel I should warn you if I’m sending you to a site which is, at some level, a teaser. The books she has authored, a few of which I have seen, are excellent. The equipment for sale on her on-line store looks to be of good quality as well. Reviewed 2010.01.15.

Works Of Makiko Tada:The link I used goes directly into her site. Miss Tada may need a new web master; the only link on the front page which functions is the one labeled; My Works. But ahh, what works they are. By way of advertising her books, she has posted photos of her kumi-himo braids. Each photo holds several examples, sorted by category, and they are sublime. The color selection, the actual braid pattern, and the different pieces, each highlighting an aspect of that family of braid, is impressive. She doesn’t depend upon the flash and sparkle of beads, but on the essence of each braid. Reviewed on 2010.01.15.

LEATHER & RAWHIDE BRAIDING

GENERAL GEAR

Knotsmith: Mr. Larry Smith is the Knotsmith, and he makes custom braided leather lanyards, leashes and gear for people who train,use, and show, bird dogs. He does make his products for sale, which is why it is in this category. This is not to say that he doesn’t turn out a quality product. With his prices, customers would not be shy about asking if they didn’t think they got what they bought. In this day of Internet communications it is hard to imagine someone who did’t deliver still being there as long as Mr. Smith has been. The pictures on his site show quality braided leather goods, custom made to the needs/wants of pople buying them. That is a hard thing to do — he seems to do it well.

Anderson Leather: A leather worker and braider, he sells his wares — but that is not a bad thing of itself. I particularly liked the page on braided things. The rock covered with braided leather cords, and of course my old friend the golf ball covered in braid, made me stop and look closely. The rest of the site shows various wares which may, or may not, interest you. Reviewed 2010.01.14.

HORSE TACK

MATERIALS TO BRAID WITH

PLAT SINNETS

PLASTIC LACE

Boondoggle Man: No he isn’t on the grift, he doesn’t pull flim-flam games on the unsuspecting. Evidently “boondoggle” has an additional meaning: that inexpensive plastic lace which early to mid-teens kids are taught to make bracelets and lanyards of at residential summer amusement establishments — paid long distance baby sitters while the elders play. He claims, and who would contest his claim, to be the man for all things boondoggle. While the thought of Herringbone knots of 4 passes and 40 Leads X 28 Bights tied in shiny plastic does nothing for me, it may make an inexpensive practice material. The knots and braids he show how to make, however, could be used with other materials. Reviewed 2010.01.14.

PLY-SPLIT BRAIDING

SLING BRAIDING

TUTORIALS

UNUSUAL BRAIDS AND SUCH

UNUSUAL THINGS TO BRAID WITH

WHIPS & WHIP MAKING

LEATHER

David Morgan: This is the man who designed and made the whips for the Indiana Jones movies. He sells a line of hand-plaited whips, also braided belts, hat bands and such. If you want to plait your own, he has precut lace, some machine cut, some hand cut by David Morgan. Sometimes he will have a few tanned kangaroo hides. He also has clothes and jewelry of Australian origin, and some inspired by the Northwest American Indian culture. I have made one purchase from them and it was excellent service — items were as advertised. Reviewed 2010.01.14.

SYNTHETIC MATERIALS

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