Oct 182011

Although this is not the first post in my new blog, it is the first one to be written since I moved the blog onto the internet instead of my home computer. I had wondered if I would have to rewrite the first 2 posts, but WordPress made it quite easy to transfer everything.

So, to everyone reading this, welcome to my braiding blog.

We’ve got a few braids here that we have started getting ready for putting on the internet. Once we think we have got the threads mapped properly, I make a design that takes my fancy and check it works. Most of these braids are short – just long enough to see the pattern come out (and hopefully not long enough for me to spoil it with mistakes). Some of these braids are attached to keyrings, so we are getting quite a collection of these. Others get carefully pulled apart leaving the threads available to reuse. Sometimes I find taking the braid apart by reversing moves on the marudai is quite a good way of understanding the braid structure better.
I expect there are a lot of people out there who enjoy making braids without necessarily having a plan for what they are going to do with them Jewellery seems to be quite popular – either a simple friendship bracelet, or I have seen some stunning beaded pieces. I can’t remember how I first came across this article, “That’s Nice Dear”, but it reminds me just how versatile braids can be.

Of course, different shapes of braid are better for different things. the next braid we are planning to put on Marudai Painter is a round hollow braid. When we’ve made it, it tends to squash flat pretty easily, but it still looks nice. The version we’ve (almost) finished is a 16 thread braid in Creative Kumihimo and also Comprehensive Treatise of Braids 1, but, sometime, we are going to try and make larger versions of it. Murray has an ambition to recreate a tartan pattern, but that will probably take 70+ threads. I am not sure whether I am up for THAT much of a challenge :)