Ply-split braiding is a technique for making textiles by parting the plies of one cord (the "splittee") with a needle...
Ply-split braiding is a technique for making textiles by parting the plies of one cord (the "splittee") with a needle or similar tool, drawing a second cord (the "splitter") through the gap made in the first cord, and repeating the process many times over. With 176 color images, including models, this book illustrates the versatility of plain oblique twining, a version of ply-split braiding particularly well-suited for the art of basketry, in making three-dimensional sculpture.Cords used in construction include: waxed linen, unwaxed linen, sisal, polypropylene, paper, and recycled yard sign hardware.
This guide to one artist’s creative process shows how a ply-split braided basket is shaped, based on the rate and location of adding and removing cords. Chapters include creating fenestrations, substituting cords, combining baskets, crossing planes, and harnessing the tension between right triangles when the hypotenuse of one aligns with the leg of another. See how these techniques are rendered in a gallery of beautiful finished work. 143 pages; copyright 2014.
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