Ply-Splitting: Braids, Baskets & Beyond
Ply-split braiding, indigenous to northwest India, captivates weavers, braiders, basket makers, and other fiber enthusiasts alike. This one, two, or three-day workshop for beginners introduces ply-splitting. No looms are required to produce beautiful braids suitable for neckwear, or shapes that can be manipulated to form vessels.
Experienced ply-splitters will enjoy interpreting three weaving techniques in this unique workshop. Day one introduces ply-splitting from weaving drawdowns, appropriate for creating flat pieces; day two demonstrates the use of supplementary cords for embellishment effects on braids and baskets; day three involves analyzing passementerie bands to interpret them in ply-split darning. Each of these components requires at least one day. They can be mixed and matched according to time available.
From Ply-Split Tube to Kumihimo and Back
Two disparate fiber techniques, ply-splitting and kumihimo, come together in this fascinating workshop. Enjoy the textural differences between a smooth, flexible ply-split tube and a stiffer, nubby braid made from cords rather than the usual fine threads. You will begin ply-splitting a tube, then learn to convert it, using a disk, into a Kongôgumi braid, and then revert to a ply-split tube. This is for experienced ply-splitters who also have some experience braiding with a kumihimo disk.