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January 29th, 2010 at 00:01 am

Braid or Weave and the Difference Is

At the start of each of the several Kumihimo classes I have had the opportunity to take with Rodrick Owen, he has asked the question

What Is The Difference Between Braiding and Weaving

Kumihimo Red One.        

Sometimes it is good to
“look up the info for yourself”.

But an incentive is always nice. So “while supplies” last (at least the first 5 or so correct answers)

Anyone who sends the correct answer will be sent a copy of the current version of “Kumihimo On A Card” by Shirley Berlin-BerlinBraids.com (this is the one also known as “The Red One”

The only catch is that you must be sure you are registered here, and that your have included your “real name” and a valid email address so I can send you the coupon for the book and media mail postage at my e-store ItsAllJustString.Com

Happy Braiding

  • 1

    In a braid the thread works as the warp and the weft. In weaving they are separate. Hope I explained that right. :o)
    Mary Jo

    Mary Jo Gilbert on January 30th, 2010
  • 2

    A woven fabric is made of two distinct sets of elements: the warp and the weft. They each have a steady job and don’t change!

    A braid or braided fabric (like the fléché) is made of one set of elements that keeps changing jobs.

    Annick Lefebvre on January 30th, 2010
  • 3

    Weaving uses warp threads and weft threads. Weft threads can be on a shuttle to weave in and out of the warp threads.

    Braiding uses multiple strands that intertwined in various ways to look like flat rope or round rope.

    Phyllis Sinclair on January 30th, 2010
  • 4

    My idea is that braiding is not necessarily flat work, but weaving is – at least until it’s cut and shaped into a non-flat piece of clothing or such. Braiding can be flat; the standard three-strand braid usually used in braiding hair is an example. Another would be the multi-strand braided belts that are flat, but a four-strand braid can also be round and I’d venture that most other braids are round, not flat.
    Mind you, I’ve never braided more than four strands – at least, not that I remember and not yet.

    Jessica-Jean on January 31st, 2010
  • 5

    In weaving, weft & warp are separate. In braiding, weft becomes warp, warp becomes weft.

    Hope your supply of freebies is not depleted.


    Joan Langerfeld on February 24th, 2010
  • 6

    I just found your wonderful site. I hope I’m not too late for this, I’d love to have this book.
    The difference between braiding and weaving is that braiding is basically twisting the treads together into a long round form. In weaving there are two different threads, the warp and weft which are crossed as they are woven together.

    Tammy Uren on June 5th, 2011
  • 7

    Sorry Tammy, Braiding is an interlacement – not a twisting. What you are describing is more like plying.

    Also I am afraid you are a bit too late for the book offer.

    wheat on June 8th, 2011
  • 8

    I’m way too late for the book offer.

    Asking for a difference between weaving and braiding is not unlike asking for a difference between a rectangle and a square. All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares.

    The same logic applies to weaving vs braiding. All braids are woven. However, not all weaving is braiding.

    You can create cloth or baskets using either method.

    Nolita on February 26th, 2016
  • 9

    Not true. Weaving and braiding are both forms of Interlacement.

    The difference is that weaving requires independent Warp and Weft <

    in braiding – the same threads/cords etc serve as both warp and weft

    wheat on March 10th, 2016


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