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Dagmar
post Sep 11 2007, 02:22 PM
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Hi there!

I would like to know which braiding technique is originally used for those woollen arabian halters. Can anyone help me, please?

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Nadj al Nur
post Sep 11 2007, 02:43 PM
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Hi Dagmar
I spent al lot of time , and wasted a lot of wool, trying to figure that out myself, but finally did it. It is an eight strand braid, four strands coming from each side. The problem I have encountered is finding wool that is thick enough to work properly.Synthetic yarns don't seem to work (too stretchy) I finally found a lady who spins her own, and got her to do some for me, but that got REALLY expensive.
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post Sep 11 2007, 03:06 PM
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Would you tell me how to do the braiding?
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post Sep 11 2007, 03:15 PM
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I am not sure I can without some sort of diagram.....will see what I can find. Meantime, if Gina reads this, she may be able to explain far better than I can.....
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post Sep 11 2007, 03:52 PM
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Nope, I don't braid mine. I can't do more than a simple braid, sorry!! I am better at beading , than braiding. The real work in my halters is the hand stitchwork, 1000's of hand stitches.
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post Sep 11 2007, 08:37 PM
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Hi Dagmar,

There are books available from most of the major "on-line" book sellers that show you how to braid leather, rawhide, horsehair etc. Once you learn the mechanics of braiding, it doesn't matter what material you might use.

Remember, people who do this for a living often had to teach themselves and may not be overly enthused about sharing their secrets.

HItched horse-hair in particular is a lost art and when well done, commands very high prices.


Good luck!

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post Sep 11 2007, 09:15 PM
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Hi,
I am affraid I can't help either, although I braid with twelve cords it is a flat braid, the woolen ones are quite thick and I am sure they are more of a round braid. I would have thought that there was quite alot of braids though, but I could be wrong.
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post Sep 12 2007, 06:36 AM
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QUOTE (Ladypurr @ Sep 11 2007, 09:37 PM)
Remember, people who do this for a living often had to teach themselves and may not be overly enthused about sharing their secrets. 
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Susan, I certainly agree in one point. I have knitted lots of Icelandic pullovers and know how hard it is to get good money for such comparably hard work. But on the other hand I think: I can't afford such a halter, so I'd rather try and do it myself, risking that it doesn't look sooo good, but I'd never buy one. I also know that there aren't too many people who would even try to do it themselves, two left hands and so. Otherwise nothing handmade would sell, because there are books about everything and everybody could produce their own stuff ;-)


So if anyone knows how the braids are done, nothing more, just the braids, PLEASE help me, PM or email will do, so you won't share your secrets with all of us and if asked to, I keep everything for myself smile.gif
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post Sep 14 2007, 09:52 PM
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It seems to me that it is a type of Macrame that is used in those halters. I've looked at several. The ones I saw were thick but basically flat and looked like a number of strands with beads/shells braided in with the strands. Not really hard, I would think, for someone who is used to fibre arts.Tthe ones I saw were definitely made of wool and not a synthetic. I have a book on Macrame somewhere that shows all the different braiding methods. I am pretty sure that one of those techniques could be adapted to make these halters.The big thing, I would think, would be finding out where to get the hardware, such as the nose pieces that are used. I've been thinking for a while that I would like to make one biggrin.gif
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post Sep 15 2007, 03:25 PM
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Hi all,

The nose pieces probably can be ordered from Gina... Or I have seen them on Ebay... I have a woman here in the next town over that has a woolen mill she is hopefully soon going to show me the whole process.. Cardiing, Spinning, and hopefully I will get it.. She gave me a bobbin to hand spin some wool and if that wasn't a mess... I like learning the old ARTS won't be long before nobody knows have to do anything by hand... I just had more patience when I was younger... OH and YES, natural wool is not cheap... Tracy
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post Sep 15 2007, 04:20 PM
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I do have the heavy nosechains available most of the time. I have some very fancy ones in from Egypt right now too!
Beware of some of the ones on ebay. Some of them are VERY light and will turn pretty quickly. It is hard to tell the difference from the photos!
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post Nov 11 2011, 08:47 PM
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I think i discovered it! biggrin.gif but before i tell you how to do it, i must try make whole halter by myslef wink.gif.
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QUOTE (Nancy Bourque/Ibriz Arabians @ Sep 14 2007, 10:52 PM) *
It seems to me that it is a type of Macrame that is used in those halters. I've looked at several. The ones I saw were thick but basically flat and looked like a number of strands with beads/shells braided in with the strands. Not really hard, I would think, for someone who is used to fibre arts.Tthe ones I saw were definitely made of wool and not a synthetic. I have a book on Macrame somewhere that shows all the different braiding methods. I am pretty sure that one of those techniques could be adapted to make these halters.The big thing, I would think, would be finding out where to get the hardware, such as the nose pieces that are used. I've been thinking for a while that I would like to make one biggrin.gif


does anyone know where to buy the hardware from esp. the rings?

Sue
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post Nov 13 2011, 11:01 AM
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QUOTE (Nancy Bourque/Ibriz Arabians @ Sep 14 2007, 10:52 PM) *
It seems to me that it is a type of Macrame that is used in those halters. I've looked at several. The ones I saw were thick but basically flat and looked like a number of strands with beads/shells braided in with the strands. Not really hard, I would think, for someone who is used to fibre arts.Tthe ones I saw were definitely made of wool and not a synthetic. I have a book on Macrame somewhere that shows all the different braiding methods. I am pretty sure that one of those techniques could be adapted to make these halters.The big thing, I would think, would be finding out where to get the hardware, such as the nose pieces that are used. I've been thinking for a while that I would like to make one biggrin.gif

sorry, but it doesn't seem to me like a Macrame :/, but it's just my mind
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QUOTE (Nancy Bourque/Ibriz Arabians @ Sep 14 2007, 10:52 PM) *
It seems to me that it is a type of Macrame that is used in those halters. I've looked at several. The ones I saw were thick but basically flat and looked like a number of strands with beads/shells braided in with the strands. Not really hard, I would think, for someone who is used to fibre arts.Tthe ones I saw were definitely made of wool and not a synthetic. I have a book on Macrame somewhere that shows all the different braiding methods. I am pretty sure that one of those techniques could be adapted to make these halters.The big thing, I would think, would be finding out where to get the hardware, such as the nose pieces that are used. I've been thinking for a while that I would like to make one biggrin.gif

sorry, but it doesn't seem to me like a Macrame :/, but it's just my mind
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