Different Styles of String Braiding

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Different Styles of String Braiding
String Braiding (scoubidou image by Claudio Calcagno from Fotolia.com)

String braiding is very soothing and can be done by many different generations. After this craft is learnt, it's hard to forget the basic concepts. String braiding can be used for a variety of different things such as friendship bracelets, anklets, and necklaces. Braiding with different colours of strings gives the final piece a sense of personal style.

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Three Strand Braiding

Three strand braiding is the original form of string braiding and is performed easiest with three different colours. For the purposes of these instructions, we will use pink, green, and orange. The pink string will be on the left, the green in the middle and the orange to the right. Start off by taking the pink strand and place it under the green strand. Then, take the orange piece and take it under the pink. Continue this basic task over and over until you come to the end of the string. Tie the end of the string into a knot with all three pieces of string; this gives the bottom of the braid security.

Four Strand Braid

The four strand braid is going to be thicker than the original three strand braid. The basics for braiding remains the same while attempting the four strand braid. For these next steps we will use four different colours as you would with the three strand braid. They are, in order from the left, yellow, black, white and red. These colours will make it easy to distinguish which string goes where while we learn the technique.

Take the red string and pass it under the white string. Next take the yellow string and place it under the black and red string. The white strand should now be on the outside and the yellow strand next to it. Next, pass the yellow strand under the white strand and the black strand under the red and yellow strands. Continue this step, moving each colour in order, until you have reached the end of the string. This four strand braid should give you a swirling type look. Knot the end of the strings to secure the bottom of the braid.

3 Strand Loop Braid

Take three different colours of string and individually tie each colour into a loop. Once all three colours have been tied in a loop, take the outside right loop (red) underneath the middle loop (blue). Next take the outside left loop (green) under the current middle loop (red). Continue this pattern until the loop has ended and wrap the remainder of the string around the bottom instead of knotting it. This loop strand leaves extra room in between the braids for hanging purposes.

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