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       Ply-Split Braiding

 -The Techniques of Ply-Split Braiding 

 Getting Started in Ply-Split Braiding 

Video:  My favorite Ply-Split Braided pieces 

Video: Making a "Wave" braid

Making Twisted Cords for Ply-splitting 

Video: Making twisted cords 

Video: Making cords with a Drill-powered Cordmaker  

Our recommendations 

   What to purchase
        as a beginning ply-splitter 

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        from one of our recommended teachers  

  Also see Tools for Ply-Split Braiding 


Tools and Supplies
Gripfids 3 standard sizes, special sizes possible
           Video:  What is a Gripfid? 

Ready-Made Cords 4-Ply cotton cords in a variety of colors
Cord Makers    

- Bradshaw Cordmaker 


Classes and Teachers

Ply-Split Braided Basket 

2 Fridays, February 2 & 9, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

White Bear Center for the Arts 

In contrast to most basket techniques, in ply split braiding the elements pass through one another rather the over and under them. This technique offers a variety of color and structure choices that are difficult to achieve with other materials. In the first session, you will learn the basics and begin a basket. You will do some work outside of class to complete your project, and on the second session we will address any problems or questions.


Ply-Split Braided Necklace 

Monday, October 23, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

White Bear Center for the Arts 

Ply-split braiding is an interlacement technique found in northwest India, where men make girths, bags, and other accessories for camels. We use this technique to make decorative pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, belts and vessels. In this class you will learn the basics of ply-splitting by making a key ring fob, and then move on to a necklace.

Bands with a Purpose  

October 13, 2017 

Weave Minnesota 

Ply Split Braiding adds a new and portable textile art to your weaving, spinning or dyeing world. This technique uses yarns you probably have in your stash and can create fascinating embellishments and additions to your textile wardrobe. Learn by making a multicolored band to be used as a key fob or luggage tag. This technique can then be reapplied and enhanced to make necklaces, purse straps, baskets and even more.

  Louise offers Individual and small group teaching at her home studio in Minnesota.

Instruction is customized to the student needs. Sample topics include:

Beginning Ply-Split Braiding 






Basket-for-WGM-class.jpg (232235 bytes)Another Dimension to Ply-Split Braiding: Exploring Vessels


Ply-Split Braiding Gallery

Weaving Gallery


Weaving and Ply-split Braiding articles

Warping Instructions "Warping Back to Front"  Download

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