Tablet Weaving and Ply-Splitting Books, Tools & Kits
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June 24, 2017
I made this rug, "Pepper's Relax Mat" for the Portland Handweavers Guild guild booth in the 2017 ANWG Conference. Our booth theme is recycle/reuse, and guild members were asked to include a story about making the piece to include in the booth. Click on the photo to see a larger view and read the story.
August 19, 2015
All of the alphabet graphs from my
book Please Weave a Message are now available in PDF Format. November 18, 2014
John and I have a new video, where I demonstrate using a double-pointed gripfid to make both rightward and leftward splittings. This tool makes the work easier when both types of splitting occur in the same row. It also helps when working ply-split bands.
October 11, 2014 New book!How to Make Ply-Split Braids & Bands is now available. Step-by-step instructions for 25 ply-split braids and 3 ply-split bands, 222 pages and 500 photos! Click on the image and you will go to a page where you will see more details.
February 12, 2014
John and I have made a new video where I show and describe each of the 12 baskets in my book "How to Make Ply-Split Baskets". I also page through the book while discussing each basket, to give you a glimpse of the 400 photos and step-by-step instructions.
The focus of the book is on ply-split structures and geometric design. Once you master the techniques, you can use them to create your own designs, from hats to free-form sculptural works.
October 3, 2013
Click on the image below to watch my latest YouTube video, "Ply-Split Braiding: The Waffle Braid". If you would like to try making the Waffle Braid, you can order a kit with cords and step-by-step photographs.
Click on the "more info" icon on the upper right of the image to read more about the video. You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel to be notified whenever we upload a new video.
July 19, 2013
I now have a Facebook business page, which you can view even if you're not on Facebook. Copy and paste this into your search engine (sorry, the format of my website doesn't allow a clickable link to Facebook):
I will post updates there on my own work as well as anything I find interesting about tablet weaving and ply-splitting.
John and I have made a video tour of my studio:
May 28, 2013
I have added several new braid kits.There are now 12 braids and 2 ornaments to help you learn the techniques of ply-split braiding. You can choose from the following when you order:
Kit with detailed instructions, step-by-step photos, and artist-made cords in your choice of colors
Instructions only, if you want to make your own cords
Artist-made cords only in your choice of colors, if you already have the instructions
John and I are working on many other braid designs. Each braid will available as a kit as we complete the instructions. Sometime in 2014, I will assemble everything into my new book, How to Make Ply-Split Braids. Please send me an e-mail if you would like to be notified when the book is available.
April 7, 2013
How to Make Ply-Split Baskets is the first book on ply-splitting as a basket technique -- step-by-step instructions for 12 baskets,180 pages and 400 photos! Click on the image and you will go to a page where you will see thumbnail photos of all of the baskets. Then you can click on any thumbnail to see a larger image and an overview of how the basket is made.
Little Mermaid Gripfid Holder -- a size 9 gripfid is the Little Mermaid's head! This is a kit with paper cords.
A ply-split basket featuring the endless knot design. Cords made from Wraphia II paper ribbon. Cords in the base are in warp/weft alignment, and the sides are worked in POT (plain oblique twining) with extra twist between the splittings. Read more about this basket. December 2008:
New on my Kits page. I had this idea in Fall 2008 -- create the appearance of traditional three- and four-strand braids with ply-split braiding. Of course, the cords go through other cords, not just over and under. The structure is SCOT (Single Course Oblique Twining) with extra twist between the splittings at the edges.
Many of you have memories of our teacher, mentor, and friend, Peter Collingwood, who died peacefully and unexpectedly in his workshop on October 9, 2008. I would like to invite you to write down your special memories of Peter -- a few sentences or a paragraph -- and send them to me to post on a page called Remembering Peter Collingwood. You can also e-mail me jpeg images. I will post what you send me, without editing. Please be sure to include your name, city, and country. August 2008:
A ply-split twined rug with cords in warp/weft alignment. Completed in Spring 2008, this is the first rug I've made using my new idea of lining up all the dark cords parallel to each other in the vertical direction, and then adding all the light cords, one-by-one, in the horizontal direction, following a pattern graph. Read more...
Click on the image below to watch a 5-minute video on how I use the Bradshaw cordmaker in my studio. In this video, I show a few ply-split objects that I have made, including jewelry, ornaments, a mat, a small rug, and two baskets. Then I show how to make a cord using paper ribbon, the material that I used for the cords in the baskets that I showed earlier.
John and I have produced the first-ever DVD on how to make a ply-split basket, and it's available now -- ordering info is on my Books and DVDs page.
I also have a new kit for a ply-split basket that I call "Asilomar Basket". The kit has instructions and 4-ply cords that I make from paper ribbon. This is a design that evolved from the Ply-Split Garlic Basket. Ordering info is on my Kits page.
The basket on the right is one I made for the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild's exhibition in Portland in Spring, 2007. It's made of Danish cord, and is 22" tall, the largest basket I've made. Photo by Shab Levy.