How to Make a Ladder Braid With Gimp String

Written by robert preston
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Gimp lacing is a crafting item also referred to as vinyl lace and craft lacing. Gimp is most commonly used to make braided lanyard crafts in a variety of colours and shapes. The ladder braid combines six pieces of gimp together to make a flat braid. Five of the coloured laces used weave left and right as the braid continues, while the sixth coloured lace travels vertically in a straight line from the start of the braid to the finish.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 6 gimp laces

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Stack the six laces atop each other, with the colour you want to run straight third from bottom.

  2. 2

    Grab one end of all six laces, form a loop, then pass the ends through the loop and pull to tie a knot.

  3. 3

    Arrange the laces side-by-side, with the bottom lace on the left, the second bottom lace second from left, and so on.

  4. 4

    Weave the right lace over the lace second from right, under the lace third from right, and over the lace fourth from right.

  5. 5

    Weave the left lace over the lace second from left, under the lace third from left and over the lace fourth from left.

  6. 6

    Pull the three left laces to the left and the three right laces to the right to tighten the stitch.

  7. 7

    Repeat the weave until your braid is as long as desired.

  8. 8

    Grab all six loose ends and tie a knot as you did at the start of the braid.

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