The Braid Society was founded in 1993 and it has grown since then to include members from across the UK and many other countries.  The Society aims to promote the education and practice of the art and craft of making constructed or embellished braids and narrow bands.  

All appropriate interests are encouraged and membership is open to everyone.   Members include professional craftsmen, teachers, collectors, researchers, authors, perpetual students and people who are just interested in the craft.

Techniques include Japanese braiding (Kumihimo), Peruvian braiding, ply-split braiding, inkle weaving (narrow band weaving), cord making, loop braiding and other finger-manipulated work, lucet, braiding with tablet weaving, and sprang.

The Society is an online organisation, however practical events include an annual residential weekend at Westhope College, Shropshire. Study days, workshops and visits of interest are also offered. Regular "Come and Try" days are held at various locations in the UK giving members and other interested people an opportunity to meet up, see braid work and exchange ideas. Please see the Events area for more information on what is coming up in your area.

The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter and an annual journal "Strands".  (Submissions for publication to
More details in the "Members Only" area.

The Society is governed by the Braid Society Council comprising of ten members, including officers who are elected at the AGM.  Elected members serve on the council for a period of three years.


Braids and Bands is a discussion group moderated by the Braid Society and primarily exists to provide members with information about Braid Society activities. Non members of the society with a genuine interest in braids and bands are also welcome to join this group. Members can ask questions about any narrow ware technique, or share details of their latest project. Items wanted or for sale can also be advertised. This document Instructions for Groups_io gives step by step guidance for joining and using the service.   This Braids and Bands group is hosted by   
There is also a Braids and Bands group on Facebook which is also open to non members of the society and is moderated by the Braid Society.  For Braid Society Members there is a separate group on Facebook that is used for communicating Society information.

Upcoming events

14 Jul 2020 7:00 PM (CDT) • The Commons at the Forks, Winnipeg, Canada
21 Jul 2020 7:00 PM (CDT) • The Commons at the Forks, Winnipeg, Canada
27 Jul 2020 10:00 AM • Village Hall, Peveril Road, Ashby Magna, Leicestershire, LE17 5NQ

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