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Gadget for plaiting braid

mem | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello all, I have attempted to make braid by plaiting 6 lengths of wool together and ended up with a big mess . I am wondering if ther is a gadget which will stop the twisting from happening and where I could get one . I need nearly 4 meters of braid and so will need to deal with about 9 meters of wool at a time

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  1. mygaley | | #1

    I have woven two to three yard pieces into shorter lengths by pinning it flat onto my cardboard cutting board as I go, about every 6-12 inches as needed it seems to me if you put your yarns on some kind of weighty bobbin and then wove in this manner you'd have good control.  You could curve longer lengths into a kind of zig-zag pattern to make it all fit on your board.  Would it be good to steam short areas as you finish them to encourage them to stay together?  Another thing you can do (Don't laugh) is get a boy or girl scout to teach you how.  A young man 15 years old taught a macrame class to a ladies' group I was in as part of his achievement requirements.  God bless you, Galey

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    Becky-book | | #2

    One more little idea:  I used those little "twisties" that come with the trash bags to help control the length factor when I did a simple 4-hand braid.  use the longest "twistie" (from lawn type bags) and wrap the ends of your wool in the center of the "twistie" then twist the ends of the "twistie" together to secure the wool from unwinding.  As you progress with the braid you can unwind a little more wool and won't have long tails to deal with as you braid.

    Pinning to the cardboard as you go is a good idea!

    Becky

    1. mem | | #3

      What a brilliant idea ! Thank you

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        Becky-book | | #4

        You are welcome,  I would really like to know how your braiding experiment turns out; please post your results even if disappointing. Thanks.

        Becky

  3. Teaf5 | | #5

    I agree with the other posters about winding up and tying the extra lengths and about securing the end of your piece.  When I'm really lazy, I sit in a comfy chair and safety pin the piece to the knee of my jeans, moving the pin every time I complete 18" or so!  For much longer pieces, I tie the piece to a doorknob or the side of a heavy wooden chair.  Of course, every time I do this, my children and their friends just have to start a game of run-around-the-house!

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