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Six-lace round braiding using the simple method

To make a bracelet with this particular braid start with three strands of lace of appropriate length before folding them in half to create six strands. Now make a three strand flat braid in the middle to make the loop end. Everyone knows how to do the three strand braid as shown in the starting image which illustrates how the strands are laid out to begin with.
 
Starting with the top strand of lace on the left, Fig 1, bring the strand behind to the right and go under one strand, and over two strands.

With the top strand on the right, bring the strand behind to the left and go under two strands and over one strand. With the top strand on the left, bring the strand behind to the right and go under one strand, over two strands.

With the top strand on the right, bring the strand behind to the left and go under two strands and over one strand. So with the left strand you go under one, over two and the right strand you go under two and over one. This is considered a two step braid since you're not doing the same braid each time. Figure 9 shows the image of the braided length before the terminal knot which will go through the loop, is constructed.
 



You can finish of a round braid with a Turk's Head terminal knot as illustrated in the following Figures. Begin by passing lace strand 1 around to the rear as shown in Fig 2 and turn strand 3 so the flesh side faces you. Strand 1 is also turned to face you as shown in Fig 3. Next join the strands in this order turning the ends upwards to make the braiding easier, as in Fig 4.
 

 Separate the strands as shown in Fig 5 with all the flesh sides upwards. Place strand 2 over strand 4 leaving a bight in 2 near the place where it is joined as shown in Fig 6. Next turn strand 4 over both strands 2 and 1, but leaving a bight in strand 4 as shown in Fig 7. Pass strand 1 over strand 4 and strand 3. Next push strand 3 over strand 1 and through the bight in strand 2 as shown by the arrow in Fig 8. The strands are now arranged as illustrated in Fig 9. The smooth sides of all strands are all facing upwards.
 

Carrying on in the same direction, in other words, counter-clockwise, move strand 1 around and to the outside of the bight of strand 2 and up and under it, and also strand 3. This strand now appears in the centre of the braid as shown by the arrow in Fig 10 and also in Fig 11. Pass strand 4 around and outside of the bight of strand 3 and continue up through the centre, under strand 3 and strand 1. Now move strand 2 in the same manner and lastly strand 3. Manipulate the knot to tighten it being certain to press it back on the braid or it might slip upwards. Trim off the excess strands as near the knot as you can. Mould it into shape using saddle soap and it will stay in that shape even after it has dried.

 

 

Eight-lace round braiding using the "hard" method

When braiding with more then six strands it becomes more difficult to make the braid a round shape so try braiding around a 3 or 4 mm cord. In these images I've started with 4 strands and tied them in the middle with waxed string. This image shows how the strands are laid out to begin with. Before you begin you should saddle soap your strands to make the braiding easier and more consistent.

Starting with the top strand on the right, bring the strand behind to the left and go under one strand, over one strand, under one strand and over one strand.

With the top strand on the left, bring the strand behind to the right and go under one strand, over one strand, under one strand and over one strand. With the top strand on the right, bring the strand behind to the left and go under one strand, over one strand, under one strand and over one strand. With the top strand on the Left, bring the strand behind to the right and go under one strand, over one strand, under one strand and over one strand.

Now you should be getting the idea, working from each side bring the top strand behind then under, over, under, over. Since you repeat this same step on each side this is considered to be a single step braid. All that fingerwork getting that strand under, then over, this is why it's called the "hard" way. Figure 9 shows the image of a braided length.

 

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