Fiber Anda-gumi Braid Class
The Anda-gumi fiber braid was developed by Makiko Tada as an adaptation of a Takadai (a Japanese braiding stand) version of the braid. Her goal was to create a beginner version of the braid that could be made using the foam braiding plate. The technique of the braid is similar to weaving, in that there is a pseudo-weft crossing the vertical elements of the structure. Unlike weaving, which results in a perpendicular set of interlocking elements, Anda-gumi yields an interlaced structure at a 45-degree angle.
The braid can be made with almost any flexible material, including yarn, silk or rayon thread, wire, or leather. If it bends without breaking, it will braid.
Anda-gumi braids can be used for jewelry, such as bracelets or necklaces, purse straps, guitar straps, belts, shoelaces, and many other structures. The width of the braid is limited to the width of the braiding plate and the patience of the braider.
- Class Duration: Full day
- Student load: 12
- Skill: Any level
- Tools required: scissors, measuring tape, magnifiers (optional), task lamp (optional)
- Equipment required: 12/12 slot foam braiding plate
- Materials: fiber for braiding, clasp for jewelry projects
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