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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 "Try Braiding" 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.