Books for Sale

The Braid Society sells a number of publications on aspects of band-weaving and braid making.  The books all authored by members of the Braid Society are listed below.  They are available for purchase by members and non-members alike and can be despatched anywhere in the world.  Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP).  

The Braid Society does not yet have a full online shop so please email booksales@braidsociety.com  stating:

  • Which book(s) you require
  • Where in the world the package should be sent
  • Whether you will pay by Paypal (preferred) or alternatively by cheque or direct bank transfer.

The Braid Society will respond by email as soon as possible stating the total cost (to cover the book(s), postage and charges) and payment details (usually a PayPal invoice).  Books are normally sent by UK 2nd class Standard post unless otherwise requested.   Books sent abroad will be sent by the lowest International Rate.   The postage is given before payment is requested.

On receipt of payment your book(s) will be dispatched. 

 

 

The Braid Society ed R Spady

Braids, Bands & Beyond - Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Braiding

ISBN 978-0-9573127-1-5, The Braid Society, 2016

Following two successful conferences, the proceedings of the Third International conference is now available.  This wonderful book contains the work of 30 world renowned authors who have shared their knowledge in a series of articles linked to the workshops and lectures given at the conference.  The 37 articles are linked as Braids, Bands and beyond.    Braids contains articles on kumihimo, ply-splitting and other braiding techniques; Bands covers tablet weaving and other weaving including backstrap, inkle and bow loom weaving and Beyond has articles on lace and other techniques.   The contents contain practical information as well as a wealth of knowledge on different techniques.

25.00 GBP  If you are in the USA or Canada, you should purchase from Braidershand.com or GiovannaImperia.com due to cost of postage from the UK.  US price is $40.00

28 x 21.5 x 1.4 cm    700g     174pp

  The Braid Society eds S Berlin and R MacGregor

Threads That Move - Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Braiding

ISBN 978-0-9573127-0-8, The Braid Society, 2012

These are conference proceedings like no other.  Internationally renowned braidmakers came together in 2012 and this beautifully produced book distributes the knowledge and practical techniques they shared in workshops and lectures.  Twenty-five illustrated articles are grouped under the headings of: braids and traditions; kumihimo; loop manipulation braiding; ply splitting; weaving; related techniques; and braidmaking in context.  The contents are timeless and will stimulate readers for many years to come.

20.00 GBP         

30 x 21 x 0.9 cm    572g     160pp   

 SOLD OUT - OUT OF PRINT Makiko Tada and Kiroyuki Hamada (eds)

Space, Time and Braid - Proceedings of the First International Conference on Kumihimo

NO LONGER AVAILABLE - OUT OF PRINT

ISBN 978-4-925252-21-8, Tada and Hamada, 2007

This exquisite book provides a permanent resource, sharing the knowledge and expertise that were brought together in Kyoto, Japan in 2007.  Braiding technique instructions from the workshops cover hand braiding, marudai, takadai, karakumidai, and disc and plate.  They are complemented by papers placing braids in space and time (through history, regional groups, art work and engineering).  This is an authoritative resource to treasure.

NO LONGER AVAILABLE - OUT OF PRINT          

         
 

Jacqui Carey

Braids & Beyond - A broad look at narrow wares

ISBN 0 9523225 4 4, Carey Company, 2003

This richly illustrated book describes the origins, structure, making and use of many forms of braiding and narrow wares. It also includes modern developments of traditional techniques. 

It was produced to accompany an exhibition of the same name which marked the Braid Society's 10th Anniversary and remains an interesting and informative reference resource.

7.95 GBP         

27 x 21 x 0.3 cm    218g    56pp

  Jacqui Carey

Creative Kumihimo - A new approach to the ancient art of Japanese braiding

ISBN 0-9523225-0-1, Carey Company, 1994

This book provides set up instructions fro the Marudai and a step by step guide to braiding for the complete beginner.  There are tips for improving technique plus work instructions for more than 50 illustrated braid structures.  The unique drafting system is invaluable for the more experienced braider too, so that the design possibilities can be explored.  A chapter is also devoted to finishing braids. 

14.95 GBP         

27 x 21 x 0.8 cm    469g     100pp  

  Jacqui Carey

Round the Twist - Creative cordmaking

ISBN 0 9523225 3 6, Carey Company, 2002

This book presents new ideas for the simple twisted cords.  It is suited to any textile enthusiast wishing to create complementary embellishments.  From discussion of S and Z twists, the twist and fold method, colour mixing, textures, retwisting, wrapping, ends and joins are all addressed with an interesting range of samples.

7.95 GBP         

26.2 x 18.4 x 0.3 cm    108g     28pp

  Jacqui Carey

Chinese Braid Embroidery

ISBN 0-9523225-6-0, Carey Company, 2007

This book covers the textile tradition of Chinese Braid Embroidery.  The history and development is traced through to recent times with wonderful accompanying photographs.  Materials and equipment are described with step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams for making braids.  Their uses as embellishments and the stitch methods used to apply them are also described.

15.95 GBP         

27 x 21 x 1 cm    587g     128pp     

  Jacqui Carey     

The Book of Braids - A new approach to creating kumihimo

ISBN 0 9523225 9 5, Carey Company, 2014 

This book provides a new way of looking at braidmaking.  An innovative 'shorthand' notation offers an aid to memorising complex sequences of moves.  It also simplifies the expansion of traditional braids. Over 130 specific examples of beautiful braids reveal the concepts behind the making of kuumihimo and how they can be adapted to create new designs. Basic knowledge of making kumihimo on a marudai is assumed.

21.95 GBP         

28 x 21 x 1 cm    514g     128pp

  P Davenport, B Davies and M Hyde                        

The History and Applications of Braiding Machines

Printed 2014

This book gives a rigorous history of machine braiding covering the varied branches of textiles and industry where the machine has solved many problems.  A history of developments in Europe and America is included with a DVD reproducing books (in various languages), and patent information, not usually available.  In black and white throughout, the book includes fascinating photographs and technical drawings of braiding equipment. 

10.00 GBP         

29.8 x 21 x 0.7 cm    358g     116pp plus further information on a DVD

  Anne Dixon

Inkle-Loom Weaving - The basics and design

ISBN 1 899972 08 0, Anne Dixon, 1995

This booklet provides an essential introduction to inkle weaving describing the loom then how to warp up and weave samples. Advice on designing inkles and design charts are also given.

2.00 GBP         

21 x 15 x 0.2 cm    31g     20pp

   Anne Dixon

Lettering on the  Inkle-Loom

ISBN 1 899972 00 5, Anne Dixon, 1995

Lettering requires the displacement of warp threads so they 'float' over the background threads.  This useful booklet covers letter shapes, colours, specific designs, tips for working with light or dark threads uppermost, word spacing and designing motifs.

2.00 GBP         

21 x 15 x 0.2 cm    31g     20pp     

   Anne Dixon

Baltic-Style Patterns on the Inkle Loom

ISBN 1 899972 09 9, Anne Dixon, 1998

This booklet focuses on these textural patterned woven bands which originated in countries bordering the Baltic Sea.  Warping the inkle loom is covered with sample design motifs.  Tips for developing designs and 'breaking the rules' are included. 

2.00 GBP         

21 x 15 x 0.2 cm    30g     20pp

   Anne Dixon

A brief History of the Inkle - what, why, when and where

Anne Dixon, 2012

This fascinating booklet charts the history of inkles from Neolithic connections through to the Mediaeval period and on through the 18th Century to the 20th Century revival and thoughts on the future of narrow woven bands. A useful Bibliography is included. 

2.00 GBP         

21 x 15 x 0.2 cm    30g     20pp

  Anne Dixon

Finishes & Fringes for Inkles

Anne Dixon, 2012

This booklet is packed with 'how to' ideas for finishes at the ends of inkles or fringes along the edges.  Knotted, braided, woven or adorned with beads, there are a variety of techniques to try. 

2.00 GBP         

21 x 15 x 0.2 cm    30g     20pp

 

Julie Hedges        

Ply-Split Braiding - An introduction to design in single course twining

ISBN 13:978-0-9554187-0-9, Julie Hedges Books, 2006

This is the essential reference for novice and practised ply-split braiders alike.  It contains practical information on getting started with instructions for working different structures.  The lavish illustrations of finished items are an inspiration.  Practical information about methods for making and designing cords, on estimating cord lengths and for finishing braids will be returned to repeatedly through a ply-splitters career.

12.99 GBP         

30 x 22.5 x 1 cm    271g     48pp spiral bound for ready reference

 

Julie Hedges                

Ply-Split Braiding - Further techniques

ISBN 13:978-0-9554187-1-6, Julie Hedges Books, 2011

As well as further structures created with Single Course Oblique twining (SCOT), this book introduces Ply Split Darning (PSD), Plain Oblique Twining (POT), and the use of 3 ply cords to create POT 'holes' and hexagons. Going beyond technique, the pages are also packed with instructions for making jewellery, tassels, bags, hats and scarves, and offer ideas for further development.

As with her first book, the instructional diagrams are clear and the gallery pages are packed with inspirational pieces.

20.00 GBP         

30 x 22.5 x 1.2 cm    421g     80pp spiral bound for ready reference

 

Julie Hedges                        

Ply-Splitting in 3 Dimensions - An introduction to making vessels and sculptural forms

ISBN 13:978-0-9554187-2-3, Julie Hedges Books, 2013

The cover images but hint at the variety of 3D forms for which this book provides instructions and ideas for further exploration.  Essential information covers starts, the transition from 2D bases to 3D shapes, adding and removing, the construction of borders and more.  The possibilities from combining techniques or using thick and thin cords are illustrated with beautiful structural forms alongside practical instructions.    

20.00 GBP         

30 x 22.5 x 1.5 cm    354g     64pp spiral bound for ready reference

  

Julie Hedges                        

Ply-Split Braided Jewellery    ! ! NEW ! !

ISBN 13:978-0-9554187-3-0, Julie Hedges Books, 2015

This book builds on techniques learned in earlier books and offers a beautiful range of jewellery applications. There are roses and crosses for bracelets, hexagons for bangles and basket weave, chevron and spiral designs for chokers.  There are photographs of finished pieces to inspire you and each design comes complete with detailed instructions and diagrams.         

10.00 GBP         

29.7 x 21.0 x 1.5 cm    94g     12pp

  Julie Hedges and Jennie Parry                        

Making Cords using a 4 hook winder (Apollo Cord Winder) - Designing cords - Cord length calculations

ISBN 0-9554187-0-4, Julie Hedges Books, 2006

This leaflet is an extract from Julie Hedges's introductory book on ply-splitting (ISBN 13:978-0-9554187-0-9 above) covering cord-making only.  It refers specifically to the Apollo Cord Winder (currently only available second hand) although the principles in the leaflet apply to 4 hook winders in general.    

2.00 GBP         

29.7 x 21 x 0.1 cm    33g     4pp 

 

Giovanna Imperia                       

Kumihimo Wire Jewelry - Essential technqiues and 20 jewelry projects for the Japanese art of braiding

ISBN 978-0-8230-8551-4, Potter Craft, 2011

This beautiful book includes a concise history of kumihimo and covers materials, tools and techniques  The basics of braiding are illustrated comprehensively, then 20 jewelry projects are given with step-by step instructions (graded by experience level).  Both disk and plate are used.  The coloured wires, braid structures and beaded embellishments give striking results. 

16.50 GBP         

28 x 22 x 1 cm    602g     144pp

  Carol James                

Fingerweaving Untangled - An illustrated beginner's guide including detailed patterns & common mistakes

ISBN 978-0-9784695-0-4, Carol James, 2011

As the title indicates, this is a practical book helping you to get fingerweaving.  It opens describing different working methods and these are followed by invaluable tips and tricks for trouble-shooting.  A series of traditional geometric patterns are presented, complete with detailed instructions.

11.50 GBP         

25.5 x 20.5 x 0.5 cm    225g     64pp

  Carol James                

Sprang Unsprung - An illustrated guide to interlinking, interlacing and intertwining

ISBN 978-0-9784695-2-8, Carol James, 2011

This book shows readers the exciting possibilities of Sprang beginning with detailed instructions for free-end and fixed end working methods. Ways to achieve different textile structures and patterns by interlinking, interlacing or intertwining are shown with pattern instructions for items from coasters to socks!

15.00 GBP         

25.5 x 20.5 x 0.5 cm    269g     80pp

  Ruth MacGregor

Getting Started with Tablet Weaving - Basic two-colour patterns

This is a booklet for new tablet weavers.  In step-by-step photos, it shows how tablet weaving works, how to set up and get weaving right away, and how to create an amazing array of patterns from a simple two-colour threading.  Whether you are new to tablet weaving or need a quick refresher, this is the book to help.

4.50 GBP         

21 x 14.6 x 0.3 cm    52g     24pp

  Catherine Martin                

Kumihimo - Japanese silk braiding techniques

ISBN 0-94653403 9, Old Hall Press, 2nd Edn 1991

The author's skill and insight to Kumihimo derived from her studies at the Domyo School in Japan.  In addition to practical information from warping up to braiding with a Marudai, the book conveys the sense of Kumihimo as a discipline as well as a craft.  Twelve specific braid structures are presented in detail.

7.00 GBP         

24.5 x 16 x 0.7 cm    237g     93pp

  Rosalie Neilson               

The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi

ISBN 978-0-9664863-1-5, Orion's Plumage, 2011

One of the most familiar round Kumihimo braids is Edo Yatsu Gumi.  This books explores the (24) patterns that can be achieved by combining just two colours within the structure.

15.00 GBP         

17 x 11 x 0.6 cm    106g     38pp

  Jennie Parry               

Textures & Edges for Takadai Braids

Jennie Parry, 2005

The takadai offers many possibilities for braid structures and different edges.  This book illustrates many patterns in a logical sequence with clear instructions.  It goes on to show how you can design your own takadai braids and even provides bobbin paper for this purpose. 

9.00 GBP         

22.3 x 16.6 x 1.3 cm    148g     48pp

  Robyn Spady                

Handwoven Decorative Trim - An introduction to weaving passementerie trims

ISBN 978-0-9842675-0-7, Spady Studios, 2009

This monograph takes as its basis a warp-faced plain weave narrow band and demonstrates the construction of a wonderful variety of 30 decorative trims.  The designs are complemented by equipment information, ideas for cording, a reference list, and useful answers to some 'frequently asked questions'.

12.00 GBP         

28 x 22 x 1.3 cm    150g     36pp

  Noemi Speiser                        

Loop-Manipulation Braiding - Basic instructions

Published by Jennie Parry, 200

This introductory booklet concentrates on the basic but essential knowledge to take the reader step by step through the techniques of loop-manipulation braiding.  It presents a practical approach to give reader the confidence and understanding to continue their explorations of braids using Noemi Speiser's specialist books.

4.00 GBP         

21 x 14.5 x 0.2 cm    47g     24pp

         

 

Indicative postage costs

Books will be sent by UK 2nd class Standard Post or the cheapest International Rate.   1st class postage can be requestd, if requried.  Before payment is made, the postage and packing are calculated and an invoice is sent to the purchaser.

 

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