An Introduction to Ply-Split Braiding

Course leader
Julie Hedges
Event date
Event time
10:00 - 16:30
Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Road
Venue details

Entry to Pitt Rivers Museum via Robinson Close, off South Parks Road

Event type
Courses and workshops
Event cost
£100 (Includes all tuition, materials, exclusive behind the scenes tour & lunch)
Disabled access?
Booking required

Learn the basic methods of ply-split braiding in this one day workshop with Julie Hedges, experienced weaver, braid maker, teacher and founder member of The Braid Society.
The basic requirements for students to this course are enthusiasm, some patience and an enjoyment of working with yarn and colour. Following an introduction to the origins and development of the technique, you will learn some of the basic methods of ply-splitting that have been traditionally used to make camel girths and animal harnesses.
Using prepared 4 ply cords you will make samples of several different designs using Single Course Oblique Twining (SCOT). You will be able to see how these techniques can be developed into usable items by referring to Julie's collection of samples and finished pieces. Julie will also demonstrate cord making with the Kipu cord maker, using a range of yarn.
The workshop fee includes all tuition & materials, an exclusive behind the scenes tour & a light sandwich lunch.
Julie Hedges is an experienced weaver, braid maker and teacher, who worked in the Textiles Department at the Surrey Institute, Farnham until 2000. Since 1991 she has been researching the Indian technique of ply-split braiding and has been developing the technique to make wearable and sculptural pieces in a variety of yarns. She has published a number of books on this subject and teaches workshops throughout the UK. She has also taught in India, USA & Italy and is a founder member of the Braid Society.