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   Nordic and world braids and bands 2022

TECHNIQUES - PLY-SPlit Braiding

Sarakatsani ply-split darning

Class - 1D3

Julie Hedges


During the day you will be introduced to the decorative Ply-Split Darning technique that was used by the Sarakatsani people of Macedonia up to the beginning of the 20th century. Following an introduction to the origins and traditional use of the bands, you will be shown some contemporary uses for the technique and the design possibilities will be discussed. You will make sample pieces using cotton or linen cords.

The tutor will supply cords, yarn and darning needles, but do bring 3, 4 or 5mm gripfids if you have them. This course is suitable for both beginners and more advanced students. Ply-Split Braiding books by Julie Hedges and gripfids will be available to buy.

Samples of traditional Sarakatsani method of ply-split darning in linen (left) and mohair (right); Sample to show use of S & Z cords in linen; Spiral Sarakatsani band; Flower with both Sarakatsani ply-split darning and single course oblique twining (SCOT).

Each student brings:  Notebook and pen; tape measure; small scissors; 3, 4 or 5mm Gripfids, if you have them (I can supply); darning needle, if you have one (I can supply)

 Materials fee:  40 Dkr. This fee includes cords and yarn for use at the workshop. Handout/s. Darning needle


Ply-Split braiding in  POT and SCOT to make a small dish

Class - 1D26

Julie Hedges



You will be introduced to working in Plain Oblique Twining,  POT and Single Course Oblique Twining,  SCOT in adjacent panels to make a small dish. By working with the two methods side-by-side, panels of varying textures and sizes can be made. By working in both linen and cotton cords the distinct panels can be emphasized.

Each student brings:  Notebook and pen; tape measure; small scissors;  4 or 5mm Gripfids, if you have them (I can supply).

Materials fee:  52 Dkr. This fee includes cords and yarn for use at the workshop.  Handout/s.  Ply-Split Braiding books by Julie Hedges and gripfids will be available to buy.


Ply split brooch and necklace

Class 1D5

Katoko Kitade


I have designed this brooch and necklace inply-split braiding. The brooch material is Japanese paper yarn and the necklace is made of linen and metallic threads. The paper yarn makes a strong and beautiful curve. These can be made aswall decorations and other accessories.