Includes techniques including kumihimo (various Japanese techniques), ply-split braiding, and finger-loop braiding. Braids can be used as ties, closures or trim on garments, as straps or belts, or as jewelry. Other off-loom techniques include card (tablet), backstrap and inkle weaving, all found under the Weaving section. Braiding Textiles Crafts Arts.
A braid (also referred to as a plait ) is a complex structure or pattern formed by interlacing three or more strands of flexible material such as textile yarns, wire, or hair. (wikipedia)
- Wikipedia: A braid is a complex structure or pattern formed by interlacing three or more strands of flexible material such as textile yarns, wire, or hair. Compared with the process of weaving, which usually involves two separate, perpendicular groups of strands, a braid is usually long and narrow, with each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging forward through the overlapping mass of the others. The most simple and common hair braid is a flat, solid, three-stranded structure. More complex braids can be constructed from an arbitrary number of strands to create a wider range of structures. Braids have been made for thousands of years in many different cultures, and for a variety of uses. Vikings and Celts were commonly using braids several centuries ago. Traditionally, the materials used in braids have depended on the indigenous plants and animals available in the local area.
- Braiding machines - A braiding machine is device, which interlaces at least three strands of yarns or wires to form a rope reinforced hose, covered power cords, and some types of lace. Materials include natural and synthetic yarns, metal wires, leather tapes and others.
- Braid theory - In topology, a branch of mathematics, braid theory is an abstract geometric theory studying the everyday braid concept, and some generalizations.
- Cornrows - Cornrows or braids, also called canerows in the Caribbean, are an ancient traditional African style of hair grooming, in which the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row.
- Crochet braids - Crochet braids, also known as latch hook braids, are techniques for braiding hair that involve crocheting synthetic hair extensions to a person's natural hair with a latch hook or crochet hook. This method is associated with African American hair culture.
- French braid - A French braid, or French plait is a type of braided hairstyle. The French braid includes three sections of hair that are braided together from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. Variations on this hairstyle include the Dutch braid and the Fishtail braid.
- Kumihimo , Japanese braid.
- Includes Kumihimo www
Includes a bibliography and brief discussion about equipment. Kumihimo.
- Instructions A Few Medieval Braids www
Instructions with illustrations for creating a basic flat braid, Few Medieval Braids, a basic round or square braid, a guilloche, and a fingerloop braid. Different strand configurations are shown. A Few Medieval Braids.
- Author, Tada, Makiko www
Author, Makiko, teacher, artist, and industry consultant. Features a bibliography, gallery, and event schedule. Tada, Makiko.
- Features Van Epen, Marijke www
Features ethnic weaving techniques and tablet weaving. Epen, Marijke. Includes gallery, information on workshops and publications. Van Epen, Marijke.
- A Hirai Kumihimo House www
A craft house in Japan producing items including sashes, Kumihimo House, haori laces and jewelry. Includes a brief background of the art and pictures of the various types of stands in use. Hirai Kumihimo House.
- Discusses Fingerloop Braids www
Discusses braids found in Medieval excavations and gives instructions with illustrations to create a basic fingerloop braid. Fingerloop Braids.
- Maryse Fiber Expression www
Maryse Levenson, Expression, weaver, braidmaker and teacher. Includes resume, classes offered and scheduled, and gallery of work. Fiber Expression.
- A Beginning Kumihimo www
A kumihimo beginner's instructional handout. Beginning Kumihimo.
- Group The Braid Society www
Group which focuses on narrow off-loom techniques. Braid Society. Includes membership information, resources and events. The Braid Society.
- Samples Fifteenth-Century Fingerlooped Braid Reproductions www
Samples by Carolyn Priest-Dorman, Fingerlooped Braid Reproductions, with photographs and comments. Fifteenth-Century Fingerlooped Braid Reproductions.
- Artist Kinoshita, Masako www
Artist working in kumihimo as well as kute-uchi, Masako, an archaic technique she reconstructed. Includes information on workshops. Kinoshita, Masako.
- Lessons, Kumihimo www
Lessons, Kumihimo, information and sources for Japanese kumihimo, maru dai braiding techniques and equipment. Kumihimo.
- Affiliated Melbourne Kumihimo Group www
Affiliated with the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria in Australia. Kumihimo Group. Includes membership information, examples of items made using the technique and demonstration at the marudai. Melbourne Kumihimo Group.
- A Raskin-Schmitz, Juliana www
A German braider's gallery of works, Juliana, with a synopsis of artist's background. Raskin-Schmitz, Juliana.
- Introduction Braidweaver - Carol Franklin www
Introduction to Kumihimo on the Taka Dai, Carol Franklin, including description of the parts of the device and braiding instructions. Braidweaver - Carol Franklin.
- Instructions Making a Viking Whip-cord www
Instructions for making a 4 strand braid using a method called interlocking or Viking Whip-cord. Making a Viking Whip-cord.
- Features Carey, Jacqui www
Features the artist's work in kumihimo and contains information about workshops. Carey, Jacqui.
- Fingerloop Fingerloop Braids www
Fingerloop braids from 15th-17th century Medieval Europe. Braids. Transcribed and interpreted from documents of the era with detailed instructions and profuse illustrations. Fingerloop Braids.
- Information Hendrickson, Linda www
Information on tablet weaving and ply-split braiding, Linda, photos of bands, braids, and baskets, workshop descriptions, mail order supplies and instructions. Hendrickson, Linda.
- Information Phiala's String Page www
Information on tablet weaving and non-woven textiles including naalbinding, String Page, sprang and braiding. Offers historical information, especially medieval, with techniques included. Phiala's String Page.
- Service Textile Conservation Services www
Service for care, Conservation Services, restoration, and presentation of antique and contemporary textile arts. Textile Conservation Services.
- Alexa: Braiding Textiles
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Braiding Textiles
- DMOZ: Braiding Textiles
dmoz.org Directory: Braiding Textiles