Monday, 1 August 2016

Loop Braiding for Beginners

Monday 18th July

I'm always astounded by the breadth of knowledge of our members and Monday's 'skills sharing day' did not disappoint!  Gail Marsh led a mini workshop teaching The Secrets of Loop Braiding.

Finger loop braiding was popular in Europe and Medieval England from the 12th to the 16th century but is still practiced in isolated areas of Europe, Middle East, South America and Japan.  The resultant braids are used as fastening cords or trimmings.  Gail has studied the technique in depth and has produced her own fingering diagrams to explain the method.  Her instructions are set down in detail in a lovely book which is a replica of household management books of the day. 

The rest of the day was spent collecting items for the XL Exhibition and judging by the entries so far, it's going to be a stunning show!

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