I got a jumpers worth of wool half price and I think I may be joining the WI, but the thing I was most enchanted by was The Braid Society stand. The Braid Society work to (to quote them) 'promote the education and practice of the art and craft of making constructed or embellished braids and narrow bands'
|My braids 'spun sugar' and... well I'm thinking 'goth circa 2004' for the second one|
You can see on their site that it includes things like Japanese Kumihimo, weaving braids on looms, braids on a lucet, plaiting things about... I had no idea the world of braiding was so diverse but now I do I'm totally intrigued.
I walked up to the people running the stand and asked the best way to start and got handed a super simple 'Fill The Gap' kit for £1. It came with the instructions, the card for braiding on and the beginnings of a braid (the black/pink one in the pictures) He quickly showed me how to use it and I ran back to my knitting.
|My (by now much abused) Fill The Gap kit|
That night with an enormous headache from the artificial lights and air conditioning I finished my first braid and got started on the second one (the brown and gold, I'm calling it spun sugar) using some perle cottons and lurex thread Stephen's Mum gave me.
I'm totally addicted to fill the gap (online instructions here) and, as you need no more than string and cardboard to get started I might have to try this with the Brownies. As for me? I 'll cary on experimenting with the type of effects I can get from fill the gap and I totally see a lucet purchase in my future.
|Side By Side|