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'Suppliers' is the broad term used for individuals or organisations providing equipment, materials, books and other services to those with an interest in braids and bands.  These suppliers additionally advertise in the current edition of the Braid Society journal, Strands.  This contact information is provided in good faith. The Braid Society does not necessarily recommend the individuals or organisations listed here.  Tutors are listed separately.


Airedale Yarns

A wide range of yarns and threads suitable for all types of braid making and weaving.  From the most delicate spun silks to chunkier rug yarns and everything in between.  We often source our yarns from UK 'waste' merchants and give them a new lease of life.  This means that whilst many of our yarns are one-offs, they are also brilliantly sustainable.


Shirley is passionate about narrow wares - teaching and writing about them, making them and preparing kits so that others can make them too.  Shirley and Peter make marudais and bobbins in their workshop in Canada.


Braiders Hand

Supplies for Japanese Kumihimo; Japanese braiding equipment, traditional braiding thread, and books on kumihimo as well as other forms of braiding.


Carey Company

Carey Company is a family business that specialises in braiding. We endeavour to offer a fast and efficient service with quality products, selling braidmaking books, threads and equipment. Commissions and tuition also undertaken. We are more than happy to help with any queries you may have about braiding and related subjects.


Anna Crutchley

Anna specialises in custom made furnishing trimmings. She offers a range of equipment and supplies for making cords and tassels, including the Anna Crutchley cordtwister for making 2, 3 and 4 strand cords and rope. She offers courses and workshops.

Anne Dixon

Talks and Workshops: Inkles, tablet weaving, Dorset buttons and 4-shaft weaving. Lectures, demonstrations and workshops.

Fiber Artist Supply Co

Your international supplier of quality weaving tools: inkle looms, warping boards and pegs, yarn winding tools, fringe twisters  and more.

Louise French, Tools for Ply-Split Braiding

Supplier of Cotton Cords, Cord Makers and Gripfid tools of our improved design for Ply-Split Braiding. Three standard Gripfid sizes are delivered by airmail from stock, and special lengths and diameters are available via custom order.  Four-hook cord-makers enable your creativity.  A selection of premade cords are available to help you get started in Ply-split Braiding.


Gaddum & Gaddum Ltd

We supply a full range of silk and silk blended yarns. We also stock various silk fibres etc. suitable for the craft industry.


Edna Gibson


Books by Makiko Tada - Treatise of Braiding I - VI covering: Marudai; Andean sling braids; Takadai 1-3; and Disc and Plate 1 & 2.

Gina-B Silkworks

Traditional crafts for the modern maker 
Kits, tools and supplies for textile crafts such as button making, lace, tassels, braiding and weaving and much more!

Halcyon Yarn

Serving fiber artists since 1971, Halcyon Yarn is your source for inspiration, great service and excellent selection. Hundreds of yarns, fibers, tools & patterns in stock, plus fast shipping worldwide!

Handweavers Studio

For more than forty years the Handweavers Studio has been supplying yarn and fibre to textile artisans in London and worldwide. We offer an unparalleled range of yarns, from the completely traditional to the ultramodern, available on 25 gram spools as well as on cones for larger projects and production work. 

We also stock small tools, including handcrafted inkle shuttles, and an excellent range of tassel moulds. 

Our shop is open Mon–Sat, 10:00–6:00 (nearest tube station is Finsbury Park). 

If you cannot visit, you may order by mail, phone or online from our webshop (we ship worldwide).

Julie Hedges

I have been researching and developing Ply-Split Braiding since 1990 to make wearable and sculptural pieces. My work has been exhibited in the UK, Europe and USA and I enjoy working to commission. I give talks and workshops on Ply-Split Braiding, with reference to my collection of Animal related textiles from India as well as my own work. I have taught Ply-Split Braiding and Decorative twisted cord making to groups throughout the UK and in India, Italy, Japan and USA. I have written 4 books on Ply-Split Braiding: An introduction; Further Techniques; Ply-Splitting in three-dimensions; and Ply-split braided jewellery.


Kumihimo Resource

Kumihimo tutorials, kits, books, Japanese silks & metallics, leather, disks, plates, octo plates, counterweights, plastic bobbins, supplies, tools, magnetic clasps and jewelry findings. Shipping in the USA, Canada and UK.

Helen Leaf

Tools for braiding, and ply-split braiding - hand made wooden shuttles, gripfids, sprang frames, rigid heddles for backstrap band weaving, kits and workshops.    Based in the UK.

The Lucet Company

Suppliers of lucets, bobbins, books and an instructional DVD on luceting techniques.

Annie McHale

An enthusiastic inkle weaver, Annie shares many resources on her blog,
She has two books available in either print or electronic versions: In Celebration of Plain Weave: Color and Design Inspiration for Inkle Weavers and Three-Color Pickup for Inkle Weavers.
Annie also teaches basic inkle weaving, color & design for inkle, and several types of pickup patterning.

My Fine Weaving Yarn

Online supplier of repeatable weaving yarns, Toika looms and equipment.


Rosalie Neilson

Rosalie teaches Kumihimo workshops on the Marudai from beginning level (4- and 8-element braids) to more advanced levels (16- and 32-element braids). She has a lecture on the history of Japan through the eyes of a braider called Kumihimo: From Defense to Decoration. Her interest is in documenting the definitive set of patterns for various braid structures. Her books, The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi and The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi, are now in their second printings. In her most recent book, Kongō Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots-Coils-Zags-Lines , she illustrates 1,157 unique 2-color patterns for the 16-element braid. The books are available at her website. She resides in Milwaukie Oregon.


The Old Kennels

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Blackdown Hills, The Old Kennels offer short courses in a variety of arts and skills tutored by local, national and international artisans. Subjects include; Glass bead making, silver smithing, textiles, wood, metal, fibre, clay, plant fibres, willow, cane and stone.  The Old Kennels has been graded as a Green Tourism Gold Standard Establishment and beautiful four star bed and breakfast accommodation is available situated above the studio near the house, with its own lounge/kitchenette and roof terrace.


Averil Otiv

Handwoven tapestries and decorative baskets.


Jennie Parry

Textures & Edges for Takadai Braids, Jennie Parry, £9 plus £1 p&p.  European Loop Braiding, Investigations & Results, series of 4, Noémi Speiser & Joy Boutrup, published by Jennie Parry.  Loop-Manipulation Braiding, Basic Instructions, Noémi Speiser, published by Jennie Parry, £4 post free.


The Prumihimo disk

Kumihimo books

Downloadable tutorials


Virtual workshops on Zoom

Carol James, Sashweaver

    Fingerweaving Untangled / Le Fleche Demele
    Sprang Unsprung

    Sprang Lace Patterns (2016, 25 patterns)

    Sprang Lace Patterns Inspired by Dutch Sashes (2021, 77 patterns)


     Introduction to Sprang/Introduction au Sprang

     Fingerweaving Instructions

Instruction in Braiding Techniques:
    Fingerweaving - introductory, intermediate, advanced instruction
- introductory, intermediate, advanced instruction

    What is Sprang?
    North American Braiding Techniques

    Replicating the Washington-Braddock sash

   The project to replicate the Arizona Openwork shirt
   Sprang Leggings, how they might have been made
   Sprang shirts & sweaters:  4 different approaches
   Sprang lace, an embarrassment of riches
   Sprang surface design possibilities


Techniques, tools, and tidbits.  The semi-rigid heddle (for portable weaving); tablet-weaving kit; tablet waving booklet on basic two-colour patterns; small shuttles for narrow wares; hand-dyed silk fibres (50g pack); and much, much more!

Sulis Designs

UK based designer of Kumihimo Jewellery kits offering both group Zoom and in person workshops as well as one to one tuition and demonstrations.  UK stockist of the brand new Octo Plate designed by Makiko Tada.

Taproot Video

Your go-to place for top video instruction from many of your favorite national and international instructors; check out  a new skill or go deeper into your own favorite technique!  Our members offer video instruction (and books/eBooks) on such diverse topics as Kumihimo, Sprang, Backstrap weaving, Tablet weaving, Viking Knitting and more.  More instructors are joining the site as well, so check us out often! 

Uppingham Yarns

A large range of yarns and fibres in many colours and types, suitable for many craft types. Warehouse, mail order and on line shop available.



Vävstuga Weaving School, in picturesque Shelburne, MA, offers both in-person and online classes. The Vävstuga Store (online and in person, by appointment) offers more than 1,000 loom parts & looms, yarns, equipment, books, etc. New offerings: Vavstuga's own bandloom and instructional videos for weaving basics and bandloom.

Barbara J Walker

Barbara has an innovative book for sale, entitled "Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns - Interpreting Weave Structures in Ply-Split Braiding"


At weaversbazaar, we offer 100% worsted wool in a range of weights, silk, linen, goat and nettle yarns plus books, linen and cotton warp and accessories for fibre artists. We also offer a range of services including equipment & materials rental for workshops and pop-up shops at your site or event.


Weft Blown is a dedicated weaving and spinning shop that sells a wide range of wheels and looms from Schacht, Louët and Ashford, as well as yarn, fibre and accessories. At our shop in West Kilbride we are more than happy to help you find the right loom or wheel for you.

Westhope College

Centre for arts and crafts in beautiful South Shropshire - day courses, group bookings, accredited courses, retreats.

Michael Williams – woodturner

Superb quality hand made wooden articles for textile crafts including: Inkle looms,   marudais, hand held travelling marudais, couronne sticks, skein winders, tablet weaving tension bars and a beautiful tape loom.

Claudia Wollny

Books, downloads, and videos for Tablet Weaving, Kumihimo, and English Paper Piecing – always bilingual (German+English):


Wide selection of braiding books, tools and supplies. Superior customer service and fast shipping.


Yeoman Yarns

Yeoman Yarns Ltd - mail order suppliers of machine - hand knitting - crochet yarns. 100% cottons / mixes, mercerised / soft matt, 100% pure wools and wool acrylic, felting wool 1ply. Fancies, metallics, acrylics, mohairs. Shade cards available.   Mill shop now open. Please call 0116 2404464 to arrange your visit.

Braid Society Ltd, registered in England and Wales (number 8689716)     Registered Office: 21 Coton Crescent, Coton Hill, Shrewsbury, SY1 2NZ, UK

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