Last weekend I enjoyed a St. Louis Weavers' Guild workshop on Ply-Split Braiding with Louise French.
I had taken a quick course from Linda Hendrickson at Convergence several years ago, and it looked interesting, but I wasn't willing to split any time away from my card weaving. And the idea of making the cords that were to be split looked quite tedious.
Well, let me tell you how wrong I was! The cord making is actually very fun and makes up a huge part of the creative process in ply-splitting. Plus, there was great fun in just playing with the different splitting techniques.
I knew that many card weavers were also ply-split braiders, and now it makes sense why. We (card weavers) split the plys with the weft as we are plying the threads in each card. The draft tells us what color threads go where. But one can take a card weaving draft, create cords to ply split using the draft and get the same pattern! The only problem is that unlike card weaving where I can change the direction of my plies from Z to S (turning cards forward and back), the ply direction of the cords for splitting is stuck in the one direction I created it. Hmm, seems to be an opportunity here to figure out a way to make a cord with different ply directions.
As soon as I get some card weaving drafts translated and cords made and split into something interesting, I'll post pics here.