I guess I'm better at figuringthings out from pictures and descriptions
than I thought. I taught myself to do a type of fingerloop braiding
today, following the instructions found here. Below are some thumbnails
of my first attempts. I had tension issues, both from inexperience and
because I tied the ends to a stepstool instead of a dowel, but I know
what they are and I know how to resolve them. Click on the thumbnails
to see a larger version.
||This is the front of a seven-loop
braid. This one turned out rather well.
||This is the back of the same braid. I'm
not sure if you can really see the difference, but there really
||A five-strand braid -- the end with the
||Here's where you can really see the tension
issues. The end with the really loose tension was the top end; I
didn't beat the tension down as hard as I should have.
||This is a six-strand braid. It actually
made a sort of triangular-shaped braid, and again, you can see my
||And this is a four-strand braid. Once
I got it going correctly, it made a kinda neato square braid.
Fingerloop braiding is lots of fun, and it takes about ten minutes
to do a braid over 12" long. I don't even have to look at what
I'm doing -- my kind of craft.