But what can you do with it?
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
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
Wedding garter or crown
Chic hem concealment for garments or curtains
Camouflage for altered hem length
Braces (suspenders) to hold up trousers
markers, orphreys, stoles
Trimmings: cushions, burse
Dog leads, llama leads
Horse tack: head collar, fly fringe, reins, leads
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
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
Cord for specs
Hair band, barrette, or to braid into long hair
Cord for making fancy Chinese knots
Have I missed anything?
"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!