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Ply-Splitting Books and Basket Patterns

Below you will find ply-splitting books and ply-split basket patterns that you can order from me. Click on any thumbnail to jump to details and price, or just scroll down the page.

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<I>How to Make Ply-Split Braids & Bands</I> New Book! <I>How to Make Ply-Split Baskets</I>

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Ply-Splitting Books

<I>How to Make Ply-Split Braids & Bands</I> by Linda Hendrickson How to Make Ply-Split Braids & Bands
by Linda Hendrickson
$35.00
including shipping

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Self-published in 2014, 222 pages, over 500 black & white photos, 8-1/2" x 11", comb-bound. Detailed step-by-step photos and instructions for 25 ply-split braids and 3 ply-split bands. I used 10/2 perle cotton to make the cords, and the focus is on structure and design. Instructions include specifications for cordmaking. My intention with this book is to help you learn the basic techniques of ply-splitting by making a set of small, functional samples -- ply-split braids and bands on key rings. The format for each project is the same. Each project begins with a starting loop. This is formed by making a SCOT braid about 1-1/2" long, and the cords are then interdigitated to form the loop. Each project ends by making a wrapping around 1 or more groups of cords, and making a simple knot at the end of each cord. I have limited the size of the design area of the braids and bands to a small rectangle, with the width between 6 and 16 working cords, and the length no longer than 5".


<I>How to Make Ply-Split Baskets</I> by Linda Hendrickson How to Make Ply-Split Baskets
by Linda Hendrickson
$35.00
including shipping

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Self-published in 2010, 180 pages, over 400 black & white photos, 8-1/2" x 11", comb-bound. The first book on the subject of ply-splitting as a basket technique, How to Make Ply-Split Baskets has step-by-step photos and detailed instructions for 12 baskets. I used Wraphia II paper ribbon in Kraft and Black to make cords for all of these baskets so the focus would be on structure and design. Instructions include specifications for cordmaking, and you can make cords from anything you wish. Concepts in the book include various starts and rim finishes, how to create different ply-split structures, and how to make geometric designs. Once you understand the concepts in this book, you can use your knowledge to create your own ply-split basket designs.


[cover of Great SCOT!] Great SCOT!
A Beginner's Guide to Ply-Split Braids
in Single Course Oblique Twining
by Linda Hendrickson
$8.00
including shipping

Self-published in 2000, 28 pages, 5-1/2"x8-1/2". SCOT is a technique in which one cord is pulled through many to create textured and colored ridges as well as angles and curves. This booklet begins with instructions for making the tightly-twisted 4-ply cords needed for ply-split braiding. Includes procedures for making cords with a drill and a single hook, and with 4-hook twisters, and has suggestions for decorative cords. Step-by-step directions for making a variety of shaped braids and star ornaments.


The Techniques of Ply-Split Braiding
by Peter Collingwood
$65.00
including shipping

Bellew Publishing and Unicorn Press, 208 pages of text and illustrations plus 120 B&W photos, 1998. The result of over 10 years of research and several trips to India. 208 pages of text, 196 diagrams by Ann and Ralph Norman, 120 B&W photographs of traditional ply-split camel girths and their makers, and Peter's innovative samples. Clear instructions for making cords and for many variations of each of the three different ply-split braiding techniques, plain oblique twining (POT), single course oblique twining (SCOT), and two-layered oblique interlacing (TLOI). Ply-split braiding offers exciting possibilities for jewelry, baskets, mats, rugs, and wall hangings.


Ply-Split Basket Patterns

Instructions Instructions for the Spiral Ply-Split Basket
$6.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

10 pages of step-by-step instructions and 27 black and white photos. Cords are worked as a spiral SCOT braid, with an edge cord at the fell frequently splitting previously-worked braid to create a bowl shape. Instructions show how to finish by wrapping the braid with a Dark cord and unplying all cords. Alternatively, you can hide the cord ends. Finished dimensions: 2" tall x 5" wide, not including fringe.

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the Waffle Ply-Split Basket
$8.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

12 pages of step-by-step instructions and 27 black and white photos. This basket is made with 2-ply, 2-color cords. The bottom and sides are worked in POT (plain oblique twining) with a full twist between the splittings. With 2-color cords, this results in the "waffle" appearance, with one color dominant on one side of the basket, and the other color dominant on the reverse. A long 2-ply, 2-color cord creates a striped rim. It circles the basket 6 times. Finished dimensions: About 3-1/4" x 5".

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the Chameleon Ply-Split Basket
$6.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

10 pages of step-by-step instructions and 22 black and white photos. This basket starts with a flat, squarish base, using only Light cords, perpendicular to each other. The cords making up the base become spokes for the sides of the basket. One long decorative cord is used for sides and rim, which circles the basket as cord ends are pulled through it. Detailed instructions and photos for making the decorative cord are included. Finished dimensions: 2" tall" x 3-3/4" wide.

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the Loopy Ply-Split Basket
$6.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

10 pages of step-by-step instructions and 22 black and white photos. The base for this basket starts with 2 cords, surrounded by concentric squares which increasingly curve as cords are added. Cylindrical sides increase in diameter as the basket grows by increasing the twist between splittings. Loops at the top edge, with all cord ends pulled back through the basket. Finished dimensions: 3-1/2" tall x 6" wide.

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the Venus Ply-Split Basket
$10.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

16 pages of step-by-step instructions and 42 black and white photos. A 5-cord start leads to a pentagon and then to a 5-pointed star for the basket base. Shallow cylindrical sides have triangles extending from the star. A long rim cord circles the basket 5 times, as cord ends are pulled through it. Finished dimensions: 2-1/2" tall x 5" wide.

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the Arrowhead Ply-Split Basket
$10.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

18 pages of step-by-step instructions and 44 black and white photos. A 6-cord start leads to the appearance of six arrowheads for the basket base. The design on the cylindrical sides have the appearance of fletching (the feathers on the end of arrows). A long rim cord circles the basket 4 times, as cord ends are pulled through it. Finished dimensions: 7-1/2" x 6-1/2".

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the Asilomar Ply-Split Basket
$9.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

14 pages of step-by-step instructions and 33 black and white photos. This basket has an octagonal base and rounded, open sides with extra twist between the splittings. A long rim cord creates a rim by circling the basket four times, and ends in decorative knots. Decorative fringe around the rim. Finished Dimensions: About 3" x 9".

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the Ply-Split Business Card Holder
$5.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

8 pages of step-by-step instructions and 21 black and white photos. The ply-split business card holder has a flat, rectangular base, with cords perpendicular to each other. Dark and Light cords are arranged and split following a pattern graph to create a zigzag design. A long rim cord, plied DLDL, forms the sides of the basket. The rim cord circles the basket 7 times, as cord ends are pulled through it. Finished dimensions: 4-1/2" long x 2-1/2" wide x 1-1/4" tall.

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the Ply-Split Letter Tray
$8.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

12 pages of step-by-step instructions and 32 black and white photos. The ply-split Letter Tray starts with a flat, rectangular base, with cords perpendicular to each other. Dark and Light cords are arranged and split to create the appearance of an interlaced design. One long cord splits all of the other cords for several rounds to create sides. The long cord changes functions to become the rim cord as side cord ends are pulled through it. Cords are then unplied and trimmed. Finished dimensions: 5-1/2" x 11-1/2"; about 4" deep, including fringe.

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the Zig-Zag Ply-Split Basket
$12.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

20 pages of step-by-step instructions and 41 black and white photos. Dark and Light cords are arranged and split following a pattern graph to create a zig-zag design. The tendency of cords to curve as they change function is encouraged and emphasized. The sides are worked in continuous twined linkings which gives stripes with an open, almost lacy appearance. Separate cords on each of the 4 sides create a square rim, with a tassel in each corner. Finished dimensions: 8" wide x 4" tall, not including tassels.

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the Firecracker Ply-Split Basket
$15.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

26 pages of step-by-step instructions and 57 black and white photos. The Firecracker ply-split basket has identical hexagonal bases, placed one on top of the other. The Dark base is on the inside, and the Light base is on the outside. A ring of Dark cords outlines the bottom. The design on the basket sides is created following a pattern graph. A long Dark cord creates a rim. It circles the basket 6 times, as the Dark cord ends are pulled through it. Untwisted Light cords leap upward from the basket rim. Finished dimensions: 2" wide x 4-3/4" tall, not including untwisted Light cords.

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


Instructions Instructions for the 8-Pointed-Star Ply-Split Basket
$9.00
including shipping

This is one of the 12 designs from my book How to Make Ply-Split Baskets.

14 pages of step-by-step instructions and 33 black and white photos. In the base of the 8-Pointed Star ply-split basket, cords are perpendicular to each other, and split to create the design. Background cords are strung on a knitting needle so they are aligned vertically. Design cords are added one at a time. Splittings follow a square pattern graph. Every splitting involves a Dark and a Light cord, and cords are split to match the pattern graph. The sides have extra twist between the splittings. A long cord creates a rim. It circles the basket 4 times, as cord ends are pulled through it. Finished dimensions: 3-1/4" tall x 9" wide.

You can order a kit for this basket, with cords that I will make in your choice of colors from Wraphia II paper ribbon.


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This page was updated on July 5, 2016.