Ply Split Braiding

Tutor: Averil Otiv

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 9 people.

Full Day

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Was £95

Ply-Split braiding is a technique traditional to North West India where it has mainly been used to make camel girths and animal regalia. They are made by men usually whilst caring for their flocks. The techniques had not been recorded until 1998 by weaver Peter Collingwood when he travelled to India.
Textile jewellery, bags, belts, hats and even dresses have now been developed and also 3D vessels, baskets and sculptures.

Averil will guide you through the materials used which are simple and equipment is basic. High twist cords are essential so you have to make our own. Traditionally, they were made from handspun goat hair but DK cotton, linen and silk will work well for us! It is easier to learn using 4ply cords of the same thickness and direction of twist.

During the day you will learn how to make cords and create several different patterns of braid.

Averil will have the definitive book on the subject, Ply Split Braiding, an introduction by Julie Hedges available on the day for approx. £15. This book is also available from the authors website and is not necessary for the workshop itself.

Please note that the materials charge of £5 payable on the day.

Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you if anything.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

You will need to bring with you:

Pen and notebook
Scissors (needlepoint)
Blunt tapestry needle with a large eye (we have some to borrow if needed)
A good light source is important, Artison studios have good natural light but if you have your own additional portable lamp please bring along with you. ArtisOn has some available to use too. Averil uses an Ifold2 from or they can be purchased from suppliers such as Amazon for about £10.

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