Tools for Ply-split Braiding
New to Ply-split Braiding? See Getting Started in Ply-split Braiding.
The basic tools for ply-split braiding are a Cord Maker and a Gripfid hand tool.
Bradshaw Cord Maker Gripfid
Cords may be made by hand (see
Making Cords for Ply-split Braiding for
examples), however a cord maker, or cord winder, is more efficient and reliably makes perfect cords. In two easy steps the cord maker
applies an initial overtwist and then twists the individual plies into a smooth even cord. An ideal cord maker is made by Bradshaw Machinery. Click here to
order. For a beginner wanting to try out Ply-Split Braiding before buying a cord maker, we offer a limited selection of
The Gripfid is an invention of Stuart Grainger. A small knotter's fid has an added "grip", a hollow shaft that ends near the point with a vee that acts as a jamming cleat. After using the point to separate plies, another cord is tucked onto the Gripfid and pulled back through the split cord. Although a latchhook may be used instead of a Gripfid, the latter is much preferred.
We have developed an improved gripfid design. Our gripfids start with a hollow knitting needle rather than a tube. Thus the point is already perfectly formed. We need only make the hollow cord channel and interior vee-groove. For further discussion on making gripfids, see our Making Gripfids page. Our Gripfids can be purchased from our ply-splitting tool catalog.
We offer gripfids in three standard sizes; special sizes may be ordered.
Standard Sizes $11.00 each
Questions? E-mail us at PSB-tools @ louisefrench.com
Julie Hedges second book with high quality photos of more advanced techniques:
Julie Hedges newest book with with highly illustrated instructions on three-dimensional Ply-split braiding for baskets and sculptures:
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