Fundamentals of Braiding: Round & Flat
Joe Boyles and Nick Carter
Saturday, 05/18, 8:00am -12:00pm, W203A, Sheridan College
In this braiding workshop you will learn the fundamentals of braiding a round braid and a flat braid. We will discuss the aspects of braiding, the similarities and differences in round and flat braids, lace preparation, and different applications of each braid. Even though this is a beginner’s workshop, it will be a bit fast-paced, with a lot of information. Our goal is to send you home with the basic knowledge of 4 and 8 strand round braiding and flat braiding of 6 to 12 strands so you can continue to learn on your own. There is not a specific project we will braid just practice pieces for you to take home. This will be a hands on, question asking, have fun workshop. Between Nick and Joe, they have over 50 years of braiding experience.
Materials to Bring: Lacing fid, any braiding books (if you want), pen or pencil, notebook, highlighter, colored pencils, and a camera.
Joe began braiding while in Australia in 1988 after getting his first Ron Edwards book. Back home, he was taught rawhide by Mary Fields, who is in the Bruce Grant books, and also attended Dale Moore’s saddle building school. Kangaroo and rawhide are his preferred materials to braid with. He started braiding Australian stock whips a few years ago and is now starting on bullwhips. Joe enjoys teaching and will keep you entertained while you learn.
An accomplished braider currently residing in Casper, Wyoming, Nick is a working man’s braider who has been making and sometimes selling his braided goods for over 24 years. Always willing to share and learn techniques, Nick offers his services with great enthusiasm every chance he gets.