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Reply #5280 - May 13th, 2018 at 7:44pm
 
Teg, you are a fiber artist Cool
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Reply #5281 - May 13th, 2018 at 8:44pm
 
For the last year or so (with just a few exceptions), I have been braiding the same type of sling with just a few variations. I think this may be the best I have made so far. It is hemp,  26" with five, five doubled, nine, eight, seven and six strand braids. The release bead is hemp and the release cord ends with a constrictor .
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Reply #5282 - May 13th, 2018 at 10:32pm
 
Beautiful work Walter. Always loved your slings.

@Teg, can you explain a little about how this loop is made so I can compare it against the usual loops? Right now I've only made the ones with the cords folded over.
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Reply #5283 - May 14th, 2018 at 12:56am
 
Morphy wrote on May 13th, 2018 at 10:32pm:
@Teg, can you explain a little about how this loop is made so I can compare it against the usual loops? Right now I've only made the ones with the cords folded over.


Not Teg, but if you have 24 strands and don't want to fold it down the middle, you can braid for around a few centimeters on one end then split the 24 strand cord into two pairs of twelve yarns and braid it for around 3-5 centimeters or however long you like your fingerloop. Then you can combine them back into a 24 strand cord, although you might get the occasional 'stuff-up' when combining them.
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Reply #5284 - May 14th, 2018 at 4:43am
 
Walter that sling is utterly fantastic. Bravo!
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Reply #5285 - May 14th, 2018 at 7:09am
 
@ Walter: Thank you! Your sling is nice. It does have a replaceable end for the release cord or is there a change in the braiding pattern?


@Morphy: The usual loops in fistbraiding are made by
1. starting a braid, fold it over and continue with the doubled string count.
2. Starting the full braid, split in half, then recombine (as described by Jackinati).
3. Make a full braid for a long length, then sew it together to form a loop.

While all of these methods work, they have a couple drawbacks. Most are aesthetic though...

1. & 2. The look of the finger loop does not match the look of the rest of the retention cord. The loop has usually a different thickness or uses a different braiding method altogether. If you want the same pattern in the retention loop as in the retention cord you may have to work with doubled strings, which makes the retention cord utterly thick.

2. will produce a stub on the inside of your hand. I don't like that.

3. It is difficult to make the sewing strong, long lasting and unobtrusive at the same time. Also, where the braids are sewn together, a different pattern develops (which actually can look quite nice).

The method I posted in the previous picture is different as it is able to retain the pattern and thickness over the whole braid, including the fingerloop. It works by braiding both 24 strand braids into each other at a right angle (bottom crossing). So there's no "combining" (as mentioned by Jackinati) of the braids required. The same technique can also be used to cross a braid with itself to form a loop (top loop in the picture).
As mentioned, this retains the pattern and thickness over the whole braid. Also, it is strong as both braids, which are crossed, retain their internal structure and stabilize each other. There's no room for any wiggling.
Furthermore, the little stub will be on the outside of your hand, thus not interfering with your grip on the retention cord. Last, the whole unit of retention cord and retention loop looks neat and smooth. The loop does not form an individual visual entity but is part of the retention cord.
Last, I just like the technical challenge Wink

Next step: Make an actual sling with this.
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Reply #5286 - May 14th, 2018 at 9:24am
 
Thanks for the explanations. You guys constantly give me more to learn and practice. I am grateful! (Can't say the same for my wife though  Wink ).

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Reply #5287 - May 14th, 2018 at 6:26pm
 
Thanks for the feedback! Teg, in the pic  it looks like a replaceable braid, but is a 7 strand flat braid going to a six roundish.
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Reply #5288 - May 15th, 2018 at 1:08pm
 
Thank you!
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Reply #5289 - May 17th, 2018 at 7:10pm
 
Fistbraided sling made out of swiss wool (Wollspinnerei Vetsch). Working period: January to May, Braids with 4, 24 - 40 and 48 elements, woven pouch (plain and interlocked tapestry weave) with half-round 6 element braid for the borders.

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Faustgeflochtene Schleuder aus Schweizer Wolle (Wollspinnerei Vetsch). Arbeitsdauer: Januar bis Mai, Geflechte mit 4, 24 - 40 und 48 Elementen, gewobener Brief (Schlitzwirkerei und einfach verhängte Schlitzwirkerei) mit halbrundem 6er Geflecht als Randabschluss.
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Reply #5290 - May 17th, 2018 at 7:16pm
 
Beautiful work Teg. Inspiring stuff.  Smiley
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Reply #5291 - May 17th, 2018 at 8:17pm
 
WOW!! I am speechless. That is amazing
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Reply #5292 - May 17th, 2018 at 8:27pm
 
Beautiful sling Teg!  Thanks for sharing Smiley
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Reply #5293 - May 17th, 2018 at 8:48pm
 
Wow Teg, that’s incredible!
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Reply #5294 - May 18th, 2018 at 12:57am
 
Good work Teg. I have a good idea how much effort one of those takes!

I've not yet had the courage to try fist-braiding, but I do use a braiding card.

Mine is slimmer than yours due to using thinner yarns (Alpaca), but it uses pretty much the same pattern with the smaller continuous diamonds, except the eyes are red. I have noticed that if you use more yarns in the eye, you can create a textured and 'grippier' sling cord because it makes 'bumps'.
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