"Strands" is the annual journal published by the Braid Society
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To give you some idea of the contents and the contributors to Strands, the current edition is summarized below. A full cumulative index and errata can be viewed here.
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Strands Issue 19 - 2012 edition
Rosalie Nelson takes us on a journey of pattern discovery. The starting point was her recent detailed analysis of the pattern possibilities of the Edo Yatsu gumi kumihimo braid. This led her to think about analysing the pattern possibilities for the 16 bobbin Kongo gumi braid - just how many truly different patterns are there?
David W. Fraser looks at the many possibilities for making ply-split vessels using the Plain Oblique Twining structure. The article is richly illustrated with examples of his work.
Anne Dixon has published a new book on Inkle weaving this year. In her article on turned Monk’s Belt, she gives practical details for one of the many techniques she researched for the book, together with a range of patterns for you to try.
Kathryn Rousso continues her exploration of South American bag making techniques. This year she focuses on bag making using the linking technique. She also provides practical details for making a delightful little twined band used to edge these bags.
Averil Otiv shows how a simple 3 element plait forms the basis of the Perigord basket making technique. She provides us with detailed instructions for making a simple basket, and a gallery of examples to inspire our own experiments. She first introduced this to an enthusiastic group at the Braid Society Westhope Weekend in 2011.
Jean Thornton looks at how 3 element and similar plaits can be used to make decorative and functional mats. She reviews the recent history of the technique, and provides instructions for making two examples. She refers to ‘make do and mend’ of the 1940’s in her article on mat making using recycled baler twine; methods that could well be revived in the 21st century.
Note that anyone joining the society in the 2012-13 membership year will receive a copy of this issue of Strands, as well as Strands 2013, which will be published in October 2013.