Stitchalong part three


~edit~ would anyone be interested in an opus Anglicanum limited edition calendar? Edition limited to how many get ordered. If there’s enough interest I’ll create an etsy listing next week which would stay open for one week only, then get an appropriate number prînted and despatched in time for Christmas. I can get a page per month a4 sized spiral bound edition done for £8.75 plus post, so if you think you’d be interested speak up and I’ll do the etsy thing next week. Also speak up if there are any specific images you’d like to see included.~end edit~

Right, bit of a hectic weekend, so braids today and tassels Wednesday.

simple medieval style finger loops braids.

take five strands of whatever thread you’re using. If you’re using one of my kits the threads leftover from embroidery should be about the right length. If you’re using stash you want strands about four foot each- there’s no point in trying to make them much longer because you’re arms will get tired and you’re tension will go all over the place. I find wool much easier than silk with this technique.

btw, if you’re using a kit, I have limited myself to about 20% less thread for the demonstration model than I actually sent out in each kit, so you should have plenty.

anyway, five strands. Make a simple knot dead centre of the length. The alternate method is to tie all ten thread ends into one bundle, thus creating five loops, and you can do that if you wish. I do this slightly more fiddly way of starting because it gives you one very very neat end, which saves a lot of finishing.

I’m using all five colours for this demo so you can see the changes clearly, but three of one and two of another looks nicer.




Next tie the two ends of each colour together so that you get five loops.



Run your finger down each loop just to make sure there are no snaggles.

Next you need to secure the big knot to something. I like to just pin mine to the sofa, alternately you can thread  a loop through one end and tie it to something stable.





Loop the ends around your fingers, three on the left hand and two on the right.



Tilt your fingers sideways so that you can poke the index finger of your right hand ( or the hand with two loops ) through all five loops.



Hook  your index finger around the loop furthest away and pull it through all four of the other loops.



You can see that the yellow thread, which had been on my left hand, is now sitting on the index finger of the right.



Tension the braid after every pass by moving your arms as far apart as you can. This will run the weave up to the knot at the top.



“Walk” the loops back to your original finger configuration of three on the left and two on the right by  easing each loop over finger by finger. Only the positions should change, not the orders in which the colours appear.



Repeat at until you can’t pass the loops any longer. Then finish with an overhand knot



As as you can see, braids done with three and two are far more pleasing, although the starting position affects the result. The arrows were created by starting with red on one hand and blue on the other, whereas the more scattered one was blue red blue red blue


you will need to make six of these braids, each a minimum twelve inches long.


if you want to know more about this type of braid, this is the book

Tak v bowes departed, by Elizabeth Benns and Gina barret



~ by opusanglicanum on November 6, 2014.

10 Responses to “Stitchalong part three”

  1. That would be great! Count me in!

  2. I picked this braiding up from A very helpful site.

  3. The cord looks like one made on a lucet, your tension is much better than mine! Will try this method next.

  4. Each braid requires a starting set up of five lots of four feet of thread to create the twelve inches we need – is that right, or am I confused?

  5. […] And part three, braids […]

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