The Art of Braiding, Small
Projects-Book I, is the
first of several books containing a variety of simple to complex
braided projects for every skill level and interest. It provides
the opportunity to practice braiding in a productive manner with
projects that are useful and fun to braid.
The format is unlike other books.
However, as in all The Art of Braiding books, it carefully lays
out information needed to successfully complete a project without
the added need for research.
This project book is divided
into chapters or subjects. The body of the text describes the
project and process, as necessary. There is always a photo of
the completed item which often supports the building process.
Material used will be specified, whether roo leather, latigo,
cow rawhide or roo rawhide.
As in my other books, the words
lace and string are interchangeable. My interpretation may be
because, as a new braider, I always equated lace as a material
that came on a spool or some type of edge braiding.
Photos illustrate the item instructions
and may also include the steps. Many processes in braiding items
are the same so may be repeated multiple times. One example is
tying a terminal knot at the end of a plaited piece and most
often, braiding a button over it as groundwork before braiding
the finish button. Another example is making groundwork when
connecting hardware to a piece, as detailed in the dog leash
project. These techniques can be used in other items and, when
they are, I refer to the appropriate instructional pages, as
Each projects string dimensions
and instructional location(s), with corresponding page numbers,
is listed. A few projects use several more complex advanced buttons,
so when possible, a less complicated button substitution is suggested.
When I braid a larger item such
as romal reins, I always cut extra strings as it is easier to
have them available instead of later making additional strings
to match. Especially true in projects with small strings, a small
amount of size change can make in big difference in a large project.
Many of these projects have been made using the extra strings
I have on hand. These small extra strings are handy and as a
rule, are high quality. Most of these projects have small dimension
strings, if a less complex button is needed, be aware you need
to size the strings larger.