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Not the obvious choice of books to pick up off the shelf, 200 Braids might just surprise you. This book is full of clear coloured photographs of achievable decorative braids, from the simplest to the most complex designs and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Braids can be a useful skill for sewers and jewellery makers alike to incorporate into necklaces, bag handles and other decorative details, and this book also shows how a design can be altered when using different materials which will be very useful to visualise the finished result. It is very accessible and could even be followed by a mature child - you just want to get stuck in!-Popular Crafts Braids have a vast number of uses from trimming clothing and accessories to soft furnishings and even greetings cards. You can buy them commercially of course, but how much better to make your own and have exactly what you want for the task in hand. This is a title in what I think of as Search Press' 200 SeriesA" where that number of questions, stitches or whatever is explained. I live not far from this author and it was she who started me off on my own braiding adventure some years ago so you are in safe and sagacious hands. My braids are made using a marudai as are many in here, but there are many other ways to make them. These include the type of knitting nancyA" or dolly bobbin you might have had as a child to lucets, lace pillows, looms and even your own hands. All of these and more are covered with plenty of staged photographs and lots of inspiring examples to make. Maybe this all sounds daunting but I can assure you it is not; if you can plait hair or made a long woolly tube on a spool knitter as a child then you can see how easy it can be, and a lot of fun. When you have learned the basics of how to make the type of braid you need the second half of the book is filled with pages of inspiring braids and lists of the materials you need to make them. If you live in the UK there is a list of suppliers but you will soon discover that braids can be made of just about anything including yarns, floss, strings of beads and even thinner braids. This is a very user-friendly and useful The title tells you all you need to know about this book. The introduction says 'Everyone needs a braid at some time in their life - whether to finish off a beautifully hand-crafted project, or just to tie things together' and that is what I thought about when I was reading it. It has just about every type of braid that you could imagine and they all look fantastic. On first appearance, especially when the basics are being discussed, there are photos of the equipment you could use (that would basically make life a bit easier) such as a cord winder and winding rods, which might make you think that it is too specialist. But you are told that these are not essential, and there are alternative suggestions on how to get round a lack of tools. Once past this, you can focus on all the different ways of creating braid, all of which are described clearly and illustrated with diagrams and pictures, and none of them look prohibitively difficult. Then the catalogue of braids are ordered in terms of the technique but interestingly, show the braids made the same way but with different yarns, so you can appreciate how to get different looks. Even though there are 200 braids shown, they follow the core of basic techniques described earlier in the book, so once you have mastered those, you'll be laughing.-Workshop on the Web Choose from over 200 designs and give the perfect finishing touch to clothing, soft furnishings, accessories, greetings cards and gift boxes, or make beaded braid jewellery. The main directory is a sumptuous collection of designs, organised according to structure and moving from twisted and knotted braids to more elaborate looped and woven pieces. Each braid features a close up photograph, a list of requirements and step-by-step instructions and unlike shop-bought versions, yours can be custom designed to perfectly match your own unique craft project.-Fabrications

About the Author

Jacqui Carey is an internationally renowned teacher and lecturer who specialises in braid making, concentrating on the interaction of structure, colour and pattern. Her work is sold through galleries and exhibitions. She has written several books on the subject of braid making, including The Beginner's Guide to Braiding.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Search (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844486524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844486526
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I decided I needed to own this book for future projects.
J. LaFara
I make knitted, beaded, amulet bags and these braids make great necklaces to complete the amulet bags.
Dana R. Stone
This book has very clear pictures, easy to follow instructions and inspirational designs.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Lawson on May 12, 2007
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I bought this book because I wanted to start making my own cores for embellishing with beads and decorative ends and cords to showcase focal beads from the multitude of gorgeous hand-dyed embroidery floss out there.

This book provided thousands of design possibilities and is an instant favorite in my collection. Each braid is very clearly illustrated, and includes several variations (all shown in photos) for each braid based on strand thickness or type of cord. Exact instructions for each variation is also provided--I have never seen a book so detailed. For someone like me who gets frustrated seeing something I like in the gallery or variations section of a book but then can't reproduce it, this is a great idea.

I was also pleased that the title "200 Braids" was true. Usually when books say they include X number of something, what is often included are a number of pretty close variations and quite a few uninspired items just to fill the quota given in the title. Not the case here. 200 unique braids give you a lot to choose from.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 9, 2007
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Profusely illustrated on every page, "200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, Or Weave" by braid making expert and instructor Jacqui Carey offers everything you need to know to create personalized braided trims for clothing, furnishings, greeting cards, jewelry, totes, gift wraps, floral arrangements, gift wrapping, and any other crafts project. Features with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions are all of the techniques necessary including twisting, knotting, interloping, weaving, braiding, loopwork, ply-split darning, working with beads, and creating braids from start to finish. The techniques are categorized by the materials used, color combinations, and textures, with each braid featured in a lovely close-up full color photograph. Each braid also features a materials list, and is ranked accordingly to difficulty of execution. Ideal for the novice, "200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, Or Weave" has a great deal of value to offer even the more experienced braider seeking to incorporate braids into textile projects, couching down braids to form decorative designs, hiding ends in seams, edging, and using war ends to form decorative finishes. "200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, Or Weave" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and professional Needlecraft, Braiding, and hand Weaving instructional reference collections.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By E Rice on September 15, 2007
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jacqui carey has produced another first-rate instruction manual. the selection of techniques brings together methods from weaving as well as braiding and knotting, so nearly every crafter will find something new to them. there are even instructions for using a lucet, not the most common textile tool. there is a very brief section on basic tassel making, enough to provide a finishing element for the braids.

the book is beautifully organized. the instructions are clear and thoroughly illustrated. as always, carey includes the construction details that make the process easier and that result in professional quality work.

the best part of the book is carey's incredible inventiveness. even with the simplest technique, her combinations of texture, weight, and color create lovely, striking and elegant results.

the braids could be used by anyone involved with textiles--embellish clothing, hats, purses, make belts; decorate pillows, upholstery and curtains. use them as jewelry. the quick ones could be used to tie presents for stylish presentation. endless possiblities.

carey is english, so many of the terms for yarn might not be familiar to american readers. but the photos are very clear, so finding equivalents would not be a problem.

a really useful, inspiring resource.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Diana M. Kirkpatrick on July 6, 2009
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I bought this book originally when I was looking for kumihimo books. Although it really isn't a kumihino book, I have found it to be a great resource. It's filled with examples of braids that can be created using a variety of techniques - weaving, macrame (knotting), twisting, and looping to name a few - and the photos are terrific.

In addition to a fairly extensive section that provides an overview of the techniques covered and includes a lot of step-by-step photos, there are pages and pages of glorious color photos of a large number of cords created using the various techniques discussed. Another plus - a section on including beads in the cord and a section on finishing techniques.

I highly recommend this book - it has endless uses are a reference.
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful By karefree artist on March 26, 2010
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Let me preface my review by stating that I am a professional artist. I am always looking to expand my creative vocabulary and decided to explore the art of braiding.

This is a beautifully designed, well written guide to braiding for the novice. The step by step photos and clear instructions had me knocking out braids left and right. It's a real page turner. So imagine my dismay when I turned page 107 to discover that I had finished Section One and the new technique tutorials were over. I counted approximately 25 braiding techniques plus finishing instructions.

Section Two - "The Braid and Trim Collection" is just that; a gallery of examples of each of the previously taught techniques. Each of these images includes a list or diagram of the materials used so that you can replicate the braid. I was expecting another 125 NEW braiding techniques instead of more than 125 pages of variations on a theme. Hence the disappointment.

I was not looking for a pattern book. As inspiring as the braids in Section Two are, I feel that a much smaller sampling of what can be achieved by varying materials would have sufficed.
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