HOW TO – Multi Strand Finger Loop Braiding

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Instructables user SFHandyman writes:

In this Instructable, I’m going to teach you how to make Finger Loop Braids. With this technique you can make braids with just your hands that have 10 or more strands each. They can be used for anything. Bracelets, chokers, belts, hat bands, as trim on clothing, or furniture… If you need a strong lacing, a finger loop braid will multiply the strength of your string/rope by 10. To make the videos easy to follow, I made the braids out of rope.

Finger Loop Braids were popular from the 11th to the 15th Century in Europe. There are still some forms of similar braids made in isolated areas of South America, Asia and the Middle East. In Europe they seem to have been forgotten after the 1600’s. Fabric and fiber art does not survive centruries. So examples of the original braids are very rare. You can sometimes spot them in old master paintings. They look like they take days to make but I’ll show you some complex braids that can be completed in 5 minutes.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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