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European Loop Braiding: Investigations and Results by Noémi Speiser, Joy Boutrup and others; Part I: Orthodox and unorthodox exchanging of loops in co-operation

Find and friend and braid! This monograph deals exclusively with the technique of exchanging loops between two braiders.

Contents are as follows: Section 1: The techniques of exchanging by Noémi Speiser, Technical glossary and conventions, Sources and the Main text. Section 2: Unorthodox exchanging in loop braiding by Joy Boutrup, Introduction and definition, Interpretation of the instructions, Recipes with unorthodox exchanges, Braids with unorthodox passages and unorthodox exchange, Braids with orthodox passages in connections with unorthodox exchange, Conclusion, Bibliography, Appendix.

Imported, black and white and color photos, 40 pages. $25.00

European Loop Braiding: Investigations and Results; by Noémi Speiser, Joy Boutrup and others; Part II: Instructions for Letter Braids in 17th Century Manuscripts

Who needs the Internet, send Letter Braids instead! Noémi Speiser pioneered the work in this area and Joy Boutrup offers her solutions to the questions that remained concerning these braids.

Contents are as follows: Instruction for Letter Braids in 17th Century Manuscripts: Preface by Noémi Speiser, Introduction, Letter braids, Types of Instructions, Verbal Instructions, Instruction in charts, Charts in the Nun's Book, Conclusion; A purse with a letter braid; Braids on a purse in the Bavarian National Museum; Bibliography. Appendix: Texts for letter braids, Braiding procedures for the verbal instructions, Braiding procedures for 14 loops, Braiding procedures for the charts in the Nun's Book.

Imported, black and white and color photos, 64 pages. $33.00

European Loop Braiding: Investigations and Results by Noémi Speiser, Joy Boutrup and others; Part III: Loop Braiding in Swedish Bridgettine Tradition

The loop-braiding referred to in this book are in all probablility from the Bridgettine Convent in Vadstena, Sweden, which was instituted in 1384. Four or more nuns were tasked with keeping the convent church in textiles and around 40 of them have been preserved, all are liturgical.

Contents are as follows: Section 1: Braids in Bridgettine tradtion, Bridgettine Textile, Spranged Work, The Decoration and Function of Braids; Section 2: Observations and Analysis, Combining Metal with Silk, Sewing Stitches on the Braids, Preparing the Loops; Section 3: Commented list of Braids; Section 4. Loop-manipulation as a lace technique, The Catherine Wheel, The Dragon Braid, Lady Ann Clifford's Lace, A Lace Insertion on Two English Copes, Lace Maskell, The Lace Insertion on the Sudary in Uppsala Cathedral, Comparing with Bobbin-Lace; Bibliography, Sources and Credits.

Imported, color photos, 56 pages. $30.00

European Loop Braiding: Investigations and Results by Noémi Speiser, Joy Boutrup and others; Part IV: Track Plans as a Tool for Analysis; Applications of Loop -Manipulation Braids

Contents are as follows: Track-plans as a tool for analysis. Concept of Track plans; 2. From orthodox to unorthodox passages; 3. Counting the Floats; 4. The Six-loop unorthodox braid; 5. Comparing two unorthodox braids; 6. Four-loop orthodox and unorthodox braids; 7. Double tubular braid; 8. A special tubular braid; 9. A braid from the 14th Century; 10. Horse rein; 11. Tubular strong with a core.

Application of loop-manipulation braids. 12. Braided Carrying Straps; 13. St Gallen purse; 14. Muenster purse; 15. German purse; 16. Hawk's hoods; 17. Small objects; 18. Medieval braids sewn together; 19. Overview of Applications; 20. Braids in Italy.

Bibliography, Sources and Credits.

Imported, color photos, 56 pages. $30.00


Loop-manipulation Braiding by Noémi Speiser. From the Preface, "By concentrating on basic but essential knowledge, and leading the reader stage by stage, we hope that readers will gain confidence and understanding to continue their explorations of braids with Noémi Speiser's specialist books..."
28 pages, $12.95.

Tak V Bowes Departed - A 15th Century Braiding Manual Examined by Elizabeth Benns and Gina Barrett is no longer in print.

There is an Errata for those who wish to update their copy.


Fingerweaving Basics by Gerald L Findley. From the introduction: "Fingerweaving is the art of producing textiles without the use of a loom. Various forms of fingerweaving are found throughout the world. This book, however, will deal only with two forms of fingerweaving commonly found among the people of the first nations of North America: warpfaced weaving and openface weaving."

The book is well illustrated with excellent step-by-step drawings on how to make the braids including adding beads to both warp- and weft-faced braids. He covers four basic warp-faced braids and six weft-faced braids. He instructs the braider in combining like motifs within each structure to make more intricate braids.
Full color, 144 pages, softcover, $25.00.

A Manual of Fingerweaving by Robert J. Austin covers Native American dance regalia braids. The Assomption sash braid is included as well as braids with beads outlining the lightning patterns.
Imported, 56 pages, softcover, $12.95

Finger Weaving: Indian Braiding
by Alta R. Turner. This small book of 48 pages was originally published in 1973, this soft cover version is an excellent introduction into Native American, South American and Assomption braids. Color, $5.95


Fingerweaving Untangled by Carol James. The cover of this book states, "An illustrated beginner's guide including detailed patterns and common mistakes" however there is instruction for braiders of all levels. She anticipates some of the problems that braiders face with a section on Tips, Tricks and Troubles.
Full color, 64 pages, softcover, $19.95.

Sprang Unsprung an Illustrated Guide to Interlinking, Interlacing and Intertwining by Carol James. Sprang is another form of braiding and this book is a step-by-step manual. It is well illustrated and introduces the reader to two ways of making sprang; free-end interlinking and the classic sprang techniques including interlacing and intertwining. Beginners and practitioners at all levels will find James' richly-illustrated user-friendly style of presentation a welcome addition to the literature on the textile arts. Full color, 80 pages, softcover, $24.95

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