"Strands" is the annual journal published by the Braid Society


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Strands Issue 20 - 2013 edition

In this, the 20th Anniversary year of the Braid Society, we are pleased to present a bumper
edition of Strands.

It is a good time to consider the achievements of the Society and we asked several members to
reflect on their Braiding Journeys in relation to the Society over the last 20 years. I am sure this
first compilation article will trigger many anecdotes and reminiscences with members.

We have two articles on loop braiding; Joy Boutrup introduces us to an unusual 14th C loop braid
that she discovered on a host box, currently housed in the Cathedral of Halberstadt in Germany
and;

Ingrid Crickmore takes us into the 15th C, in describing an English 8 loop braid known as a lace
bend rounde. You can try each of these braids as a solo loop braider.

Jennie Parry takes us on her journey with the takadai, producing ever more complex and
interesting braids and fulfilling her ambition to move to a third level, after receiving a
Theo Moorman Trust bursary in 2012.

In 2012 Strands, Rosalie Neilson introduced us to Edo Yatsu Gumi to Kongo Lines and her
on-going research. In this article she concludes her exploration and gives us a taste of the
cacophony of over a thousand two-colour designs that she has now documented.

Barbara Walker shows us a good example of translating a traditional passementerie galon into a
Ply-Split darned braid and no loom is needed.

From Guatemala, Kathryn Rousso describes interesting palm leaf products, including hats, mats and
brooms, showing how braided structures can behave very differently when using diverse materials.

In the review of Braids 2012, members enthusiastically share their thoughts, reminiscences and
photos from our very successful conference in Manchester.


Note that anyone joining the society in the 2013-14 membership year will receive a copy of this issue of Strands (subject to availability), as well as Strands 2014, which will be published at the end of October 2014.