Braiding Squares and Rectangles

In this live and in person workshop, you will learn to braid a square or rectangle shape that can become a wall  piece, a rug, a chair pad, a covering for a footstool, or a basket.


Dates and Times:
Four Saturdays—November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023; from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Session 1: November 4, at Bobbi Mahler’s Studio, 17 Rock Garden Estates, Belgrade, 207-242-3151
Sessions 2-4: November 11, 18, 25 at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham, 207-449-8573

Supplies to Bring
Lacing Thread (woven cotton; 6-or 7-strand)
Standard Straight Pins (1.5”)
Safety Pins (medium size)
Needle, thread and Scissors
Farberware Multipurpose Clips, 2-inch 
C-Clamp, Hand Clamp, or Braiding Stand
Wool (estimate 3-4 yards, Oxford weight)

Session 1: Design
We’ll meet at Bobbi’s studio to look at our wool, discuss tools, see examples, and design our rectangle or square. Bring samples of your own medium- to heavy-weight wool, or plan on purchasing some from Bobbi or from another source ($10-30/yard). The amount of wool needed will depend upon the size of the item you make. (Skirt-weight wool is too thin; coat- or blanket-weight, too heavy; Oxford-weight works best). Weights of all wool used must be similar.

Session 2: Braiding
Meet at Maine Fiberarts (from now on) to learn how to do basic braiding techniques. Each row will be a separate braid that is butted and then laced together to form a rectangle or square. In this class, we’ll also learn techniques for butting, lacing separate rows and counting each row.

Session 3: Butting
Butting is the process of connecting two ends (the beginning and end) of the braid.

Session 4: Lacing and Finishing
Learn how to use a needle and lacing thread to lace separate rows, starting with the center row and working outward. Learning how to steam your work and make finishing touches.

$100 Maine Fiberarts’ members;
$125 nonmembers; 6 people maximum, payable to Maine Fiberarts,
13 Main Street, Topsham, ME 04086,

Download a PDF flyer to save on your phone or print.
(Please note change of dates above and on flyer. We are pushing this class back one week to start on November 4.)

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