The great thing is how quickly you can produce a braid; the difficult bit is getting the tension consistent. I'm sure if I had a proper marudai (a braiding stand or frame) instead of a foam disk, it would be much easier. Working with the disk hand held doesn't produce an even braid, so I've improvised and have discovered that a stand for drying wine decanters works well. I've also got myself some better instructions in the form of a book written by someone who lives in Ottery St Mary ... next time I'm visiting relatives down in Devon I'll have to see if I can attend a workshop.
These are short samples of some of the patterns in Jacqui Carey's book including flat, round and square braids.
I can see some of the flat ones making good purse handles and possibly also being used to decorate bags somehow. Plus the braids can be used instead of a chain to make necklaces or as a bracelet.
The possibilities are endless!
Just for a laugh, here is my make-shift set up:
I've since improved on this by adding more weight to the bobbins (it's amazing what you can use wine corks for) and a counterweight to the bottom of the braid - this gives a more even tension. It's tempting to try and source a proper marudai, but I can't justify that just yet.
My next braiding project will be with strands of seed beads - however, that may take some time as I have to thread the beads first and they're really, really small!
What do you think?