Braid Society Swap

Members make 6 braid samples connected in some way with the published swap theme. Swap samples are attached to an A4 card which documents the makers design ideas and the techniques used. These are sent to the coordinator who sends five of the samples to other swap members, 1 sample is kept for the Braid Society archives which are often on display at Braid Society events, AGMs and at the shows we attend. Samples are typically 6 inches (15cm) in length. Braid Society members wishing to participate in this years Swap will first need to complete an application form, which will published in the society newsletter. this form is then sent to our coordinator, Anne Dyer.

The Swap is only open to Full Members of the Society.
Long Haul members wishing to take part must upgrade to full membership.

Braid Swap 2011

This year's swap is to fit the title "Rainbow Girl". This will, I hope, come as a relief to those who found working in just white was a brake on their creative powers. You can, of course, use the title as freely as you like, to make a braid for whatever use you fancy, but, for those of you who prefer not to fight against restrictions, and go all wobbly round the edges when faced with limitless freedom, here are some facts about this character. More information about the theme and how to take part can be found in the March issue of the society newsletter. You will need to submit the application form by the end of July and send in your samples by the end of September.

Braid Swap 2010

This year's theme is "Just White". For a change, we thought we would just specify a colour - so the emphasis will be on designing a braid with an interesting texture! If you have an end use in mind for you braid, we would love to hear about it - but if you just want to make an interesting sample, that is fine too! Full details of the Swap will be published in the March 2010 newsletter.
Images of the braids together with their write ups can be downloaded as a PDF file Here

Braid Swap 2009

The theme for this year’s Swap - “A Braid for a Delegate “, produced a bumper crop of Swaps.Nineteen members were inspired to take part,which isn’t quite a record as we had twenty in 2001, but I think it’s the best since then and represents 10 % of our membership, which is encouraging.
By definition, the samples were all straightforward lengths of braid or woven band, but the range of techniques employed was very wide, covering virtually all those we use.
The braids were made using marudai, takadai, ayatakadai, disc and Chinese method. Then there were samples of ply-split, fingerloop and free-end braiding. Tablets, back-strap and inkle looms were used for the woven bands.
As “Braids 2012” is being held in Manchester, at the heart of our once flourishing cotton industry, several members felt that cotton should be the yarn used and some looked for a technique which was part of this country’s history in the production of “narrow wares”. Colours from the logo were a popular choice for the yarns.
Altogether, I think this year’s Swap has provided an interesting and attractive range of samples for the organisers of “Braid 2012” to consider for a “Braid for a delegate”.
Images of the braids together with their write ups can be downloaded as a PDF file Here Maureen Jennings - Swap Coordinator

Braid Swap 2008

Thirteen members (one more than last year), including 3 from overseas, took part in this year’s swap, yielding an interesting variety of interpretations of the theme - “A fastening”.
They could be very broadly put into two categories, a tie and a fastening involving a button, with three exceptions to this generalisation. One of these was a backstrap woven band with a 6 cm length of it used as a “parking place” for sewing needles and these were fastened in place by a beautiful little brass covering. Another consisted of two metal clips, each on the end of a short kumihimo braid which were then joined to form one thick braid of the same structure. The third is best described as a hinge: two woven bands with loops at the edges were placed side by side so that the loops interlocked and a small stick was passed through the loops, thus fastening the two braids together.
A variety of structures were used for the ties. A lucetted braid made around an elastic core for securing a little package was one. Another packaging idea was an 8 strand round kumihimo braid with a little covered ring to make a simple but effective closure to the tie, with a variety of uses. Polyester sewing threads in another 8 strand kumihimo braid produced an attractive strong shoe lace. A Japanese garment closure inspired another kumihimo braid, one of a pair, each with a loop at one end to be put over a button on either side of the garment opening, and the braids tied in a decorative knot. Two cane rings joined by a knotted band made a curtain tie-back.
Knotting featured with the buttons, of which there were three examples. One had been constructed so as to lie flat and was used with a woven buttonhole band attached to a knitted garment. The other two were three-dimensional, one on a loop-braided buttonhole band and the other for use with a little kumihimo braid to make a frog fastening. A York button with a kumihimo braid made another similar fastening. Two wooden beads covered with little seed beads and connected by a short length of beaded tubular herringbone stitch formed an unusual toggle-type fastening for a garment.
It is interesting that there were no takadai braids this time. Disc, marudai, and in one case a square-topped braiding stand were used for the kumihimo braids. Discs seem to be popular because of their simplicity and portability.

Maureen Jennings - Swap Co-ordinator.

Swap samples are attached to an A4 card which documents the makers design ideas and the techniques used. If you click on any of the images below, you will see the sample attached to the card. (Members contact details are normally shown on the card, but these have been removed from the images).