L-M BRIC NEWS NOTES                                                   2002 ©

L-M Braiding Research & Information Center / Masako Kinoshita

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ILLUSTRATED INSTRUCTION SERIES

FOR FINGER-HELD LOOP-MANIPULATION BRAIDING

INRODUCTION

NOTES


Note 1. The Manual of Braiding is the most comprehensive treatise of not only L-M techniques but also the braiding techniques in general. Nihon Kumihimo Ko Giho no Kenkyu, by M. Kinoshita (Kyoto Shoin, 1994, in Japanese with Eng. summary), describes the H-H L-M traditionally used in Japan up to 100 years ago. F-H L-M techniques and the track plan are summarized in Part 2. For other sources, see bibliography.

Note 2. Color design schemes based on two-color loops can be seen in any culture wherever the L-M technique is used.

Note 3. Crocker, Gigi and Glover, Bonnie, 'An Omani Braiding Technique for Camel Reins,' The Journal of Oman Studies, 5, 1979. Kinoshita, M. Study of Archaic Braiding Techniques in Japan.

Note 4. Speiser's designation based on a structural viewpoint follows the shape of the fell. Identifying the methods by the palm position and the operator finger, however, seems more direct and easier. You must understand, however, in actual practice, the hands and palms are not necessarily kept rigidly in a set position.

Note 5. When using 5 loops in Method #2, the operator is either finger 3 or 4 depending on whether the loops are mounted starting from finger 1, or from 2.

Note 6. Speiser, Noémi, 'The Seventeenth Century Pattern-Books,' CIETA Bulletin No. 50, 1979-II; also in the MB. Also by Speiser, Old English Pattern Books for Loop Braiding, Arboldswil: private publication, 2001. L-M BRIC News no. 1, no. 4.

Note 7. Lebedeva, N. I., 'Priadenie i tkachestvo vostochnykh slavian v. XIX-nachel xx v.,' Trudy Instituta Etnografii im. N. N. Mikluho-Makalaia n. s., 31, 1956. Lebedeva, N. I., 'Priadenie i tkachestvo vostochnykh slavian v. XIX-nachel xx v.,' Trudy Instituta Etnografii im. N. N. Mikluho-Makalaia n. s., 31, 1956.
The paper contains a report of f-h l-m practiced in Eastern Slavic region of U. S. S. R. The way OP takes RN shown in diagram, however, seem to me to be too overwrought for usual l-m conventions that I am not sure of the accuracy of the diagram.

Note 8. In eopenf transfer, the upper shank of RN remains the same after the transfer. This is represented in the track plan as the shanks of the loop being open (parallel to each other). In ecrossf transfer, the upper and the bottom shanks of RN reverse their positions thus crossing each other.