But what can you do with it?

 

Utility

 

Belts: to knot or buckle

to tie with multiple strands

to thread through waist pouch/purse

 

Straps:watches, sandals, sundresses, guitar, camera

 

Handles: baskets, woven bags

 

Webbing:chairs, campstool, luggage rack

 

Cases:phones, spectacles, comb, recorder, pencils

 

Shoelaces

Curtain tiebacks

Key chain

Clothing

 

Plackets: for buttons on knitting or crochet

Closures: to gather in a wide sleeve 

at neck, "frogs"

sides of tunic

cording to take fancy buttons

Hat bands

Neckties

Wedding garter or crown

Chic hem concealment for garments or curtains

Camouflage for altered hem length

Braces (suspenders) to hold up trousers

 

Ecclesiastical

 

Bible 

markers, orphreys, stoles

Trimmings: cushions, burse

 

Animals

 

Dog leads, llama leads 

Horse tack: head collar, fly fringe, reins, leads

 

At Home

 

Trimmings: pillow cases, pelmets, lamp shades

Cording / piping: cushions

 

Hangers: trays, framed old photos, plants, shelves

 

Tie up a special parcel, or hang a special object

 

Skipping ropes 

Bookmarks

Pincushions

Scissors cords

 

Cards: Christmas, wedding, birthday, seasonal

Napkin ring: your special colours,

 

Christmas decoration (hollow braid can be wired)

Child harness: for mothers to hold lively toddlers

with bells on for play

 

 

 

 

 

Jewellery

 

Necklace, choker

Bracelet, earrings

Cord for specs

Hair band, barrette, or to braid into long hair

Cord for making fancy Chinese knots

 

 

 

Have I missed anything?

 

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"What do you do with them" is the most-asked question in a braider's life.

Thinking of braids and bands as "fancy string" is a help. 

Pre-velcro and zippers, folks wouldn't have been decent without cords 

to hold up pants and socks and tie together tops.

Nomads use them for utility and decorations and so do we.

A guy I know learned to braid so he could hang his stereo speakers from the 

ceiling. Voila! both utility AND decoration!