The Basics of Ply-Split Braiding with Sarah Fortin

Thursday afternoon mini-workshop

Skill Level

All levels.

Class Length

3 hours

Class Description

In this mini workshop, you will learn the basics of ply-split braiding by making two different bands which may be used for key fobs, ornaments, or bookmarks.  The kits will contain pre-wound 4-ply cords, enough for the two bands, in a variety of colors.  The gripfid, the ply-splitting tool, will be provided for you to use.  If you enjoy the process, you may purchase the gripfid.

Instructor Biography

Sarah became enthralled with hand weaving as a student of Clothing and Textiles at Washington State University.  After graduating and coming to the east coast in the early 70’s, she continued to pursue weaving as a craft while working as an Extension Educator.  She became a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in 1985, weaving and sewing women’s clothing, throws and blankets.  Sarah has taught weaving extensively in the Northeast and across the country.  Her work has been awarded many times at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, New England Weavers Seminar, NH Weavers’ Guild Exhibits, HGA’s Convergence and The Blue Ridge Handweaving Show in NC with several of her pieces receiving recognition for excellence in craftsmanship and creativity.


Registration: $25

Materials: $20 per kit; $10 for gripfid

Materials Fees are not collected as part of registration.  They are paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Students to Bring

  • Scissors