FINISHING A BRAID ..

 

Finishing a braid or obijime includes pressing the cord to smooth out any uneveness in the braiding process, and trimming its tassel to a precise length. Flat braids are pressed with a rolling pin on a hard surface. A sleeve of paper is taped around the braid above the tassel. The loose ends are steamed and combed over a teakettle so that the silk yarns lie in place. The paper sleeve is slid down over the silk to keep the ends in place. Cutting through the paper and silk at the same time with a sharp pair of scissors assures an evenly cut tassel on either end of the braid!

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