Using A Braiding Board - Pattern 1 - Simple Straight Weave

braidingboard31.jpgSimple Straight Weave is is a really easy pattern that results in a compact and neat woven band that looks good from both sides and from the edges too. It is actually almost the same as a very narrow piece of loom weaving.

Setting Up

What? Where? How?

If you've landed straight on this page, all this talk of move groups and sequences might not make the slightest sense. If this is so, please do take a look at the introduction page for this topic - where everything is explained in full and hopefully clear detail.

Start with seven pairs of threads in a knotted or plain end, arrange them in mirrored pairs on the board like this:

braidingboard32.pngL1 + L3
T3 + B3
T4 + B4
T5 + B5
T6 + B6
T6 + B7
R1 + R3

Move Groups You Will Need For This braid

Don't do anything just yet - this is just a description of the move groups you'll need - the order in which to perform them appears further down.

Move Group A

Swapping end threads
Move:
R1 to B1
R3 to T1
L1 to R3
L3 to R1
T1 to L1
B1 to L3

Move Group B

Weaving from right
Move:
T7 to B8
B7 to T8
T6 to B7
B6 to T7
T5 to B6
B5 to T6
T4 to B5
B4 to T5
T3 to B4
B3 to T4

Move Group C

Weaving from Left
Move:
T4 to B3
B4 to T3
T5 to B4
B5 to T4
T6 to B5
B6 to T5
T7 to B6
B7 to T6
T8 to B7
B8 to T7

Creating The Braid

OK, ready... You've already set up the threads as detailed at the top of the page (right?)

Now perform the move groups in this sequence:

Move Group A
Move Group B
Move Group A
Move Group C

Keep repeating this sequence until the braid reaches the desired length, then turn back to this page to find out how to finish off.

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