Sling Braiding Traditions and Techniques: From Peru, Bolivia, and Around the World
Author: Rodrick Owen & Terry Newhouse Flynn
This comprehensive, full-color guide features dozens of images of slings from various cultures, both ancient and contemporary. Slings had great significance in many cultures, particularly in the Andes, and were often used as both prehistoric weapons and herding tools. The book shows novice and experienced braiders how to make 50 designs, from 8 to 32 strands, on a braiding card or with a braiding stand and bobbins. Learn step by step how to make an authentic Andean-style sling with braided cords and a tapestry-woven cradle.
A range of techniques useful for beginning, ending, and embellishing slings are included, and can enhance a wide variety of other items, like jewelry, garments, and accessories. This book is a key resource for historians, ethnologists, textile artists, weapons experts, and others to learn the practical skills for understanding sling braids’ structure. Includes braiding card and plans to make core stand.
Rodrick Owen’s more than four decades of research into the braided textiles of pre-Hispanic Peru has helped raise awareness and appreciation for these gems of textile art. He trained at the London College of Furniture, completing the Creative Textiles Programme and qualifying with distinctions. An internationally respected braiding teacher, he popularized kumihimo, introducing takadai braiding to the US in 1995. His previous books include Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and Beyond and Making Kumihimo: Japanese Interlaced Braids. Owen has exhibited and taught in the United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Europe, and Australia. His current research involves braided headband structures from pre-Hispanic Peru. Owen lives in Oxford, England.
Terry Newhouse Flynn is a textile artist and art educator who creates garments and sculptures that combine her interests in woven, braided, and knitted textiles. She has been weaving for more than thirty-five years and teaching textile arts for three decades. She credits ten years of daily immersion in running a weaving/braiding/knitting shop with deepening her understanding of yarns, color interaction, textile structure, and clothing design. She has worked with Rodrick Owen since1993, contributing shadow weave and hemstitching to takadai braiding’s repertoire. She holds a BFA in fiber and an MAT in art education from Maryland Institute College of Art. She teaches art at Battle Monument School, where her students can be found making felt or weaving as part of their curriculum. She lives in Catonsville, Maryland.
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (November 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764354302
- ISBN-13: 978-0764354304
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches