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Ply-Split Braided Baskets: Exploring Sculpture In Plain Oblique Twining

Ply-split braiding is a technique for making textiles by parting the plies of one cord (the "splittee") with a needle or similar tool, drawing a second cord (the "splitter") through the gap made in the first cord, and repeating the process many times over. With 176 images, including patterns, these techniques illustrate how to make baskets using plain oblique twining, a version of ply-split braiding particularly well-suited for the art of basketry. This guide to the creative process gives you the information needed for shaping the form of a basket, including the rate and location of adding and removing cords. Chapters include creating fenestrations, substituting cords, combining baskets, crossing planes, and harnessing the tension between right triangles when the hypotenuse of one aligns with the leg of another. See how these techniques are rendered in a gallery of beautiful finished work.

Paperback: 142 pages

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (June 28, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0764346520

ISBN-13: 978-0764346521

Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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David W. Fraser is a Research Associate at The Textile Museum in Washington and a Consulting Scholar at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His innovative ply-split braiding has been exhibited in prominent juried venues. He is a Juried Member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. His previous books include A Guide to Weft Twining and Related Structures with Interacting Wefts (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989) and, with Barbara G. Fraser, Mantles of Merit: Chin Textiles from Myanmar, India and Bangladesh (River Books, 2005). He is a medical epidemiologist and former President of Swarthmore College. He and Barbara Fraser live in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

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