Category Archives: Terminology

That’s not braiding

There is so much braiding that I do, only to hear someone say “That’s not braiding”, just because it is not a three-strand french braid. Or, the braid gathers are not being added “where they are supposed to be added”.

The power of the internet has helped me spread the joy and love of braiding. Many people now recognize along with me…braiding means so much more than the narrow window many people wish to keep it in.

IMG_6311IMG_6313IMG_6319IMG_6317IMG_6314This fun braid is a french braid even though it looks dutch (it clearly stands out and does not fold in). But, you must believe me when I tell you it is a french braid. In fact, it doesn’t work as well when you try it as a dutch braid. Here is the video to recreate it.

If you still live in the narrow place of your mind that forces the word “braid” to only mean one thing…

3-strand, french, stitch, single _(1)I would like to encourage you to take a look around the internet. There is a brave new world out there filled with videos, photos, and tutorials that prove the flexibility, creativity, and broad definition of “braid”. Join us in this exploration of what braiding really looks like and why you should learn a new braid pattern today! As beautiful as the traditional three-strand french braid is…sometimes it can be fun to mix it up a bit!

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Defying all logic

Meet Red Vzla

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She is an incredible braider and has her own youtube channel.

She frequently defies logic when she braids.

Take this french braid for example:

12472759_982766101810067_4008545377876779437_nIt looks like a dutch braid that has been blossomed for effect. To add to the confusion, the gathers go under before they are added to a strand to go over. It is the type of pattern that can drive you mad if you are learning the differences in terminology in the braid world. It is also the exact reason we need the terminology and why those definitions really matter. So that when people like her, Mirjam, and I get together, we can talk, braid geek talk, at full speed ahead using proper words to describe intricate steps and understand each other (without photos) to get the idea across.

So, why is this a french braid? The outside strand goes over the middle strand. That is what makes a braid french or not. Deep in the geek speech…know that when I use the word “middle strand” I actually mean the next strand in. This is a three-strand braid, so I used the word middle strand even though the reality is…the outside strand goes over the next strand in.

Here is her video tutorial for how to create this unique pattern for a french braid. Enjoy!

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French v.s. Dutch

Have you heard rumors that there are two different kinds of three strand braids?

One is usually called a french braid. The other commonly goes by the name dutch braid. If you want to see a quick video that explains the difference please take a moment to watch this video.

French braids

I don’t know any other name the french braid goes by. If you do, please feel free to let me know. I would love to learn more. I have only ever heard them called french braids.

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Dutch braids

What names do the dutch braid go by? One is Inside out braids. Another one is reverse french. Also, a cornrow is just a miniature dutch braid.

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French and Dutch braids come in a variety of strand numbers.

This article focused on the three strand because it is the most common number to braid with. The other numbers may also be done both french or dutch depending on the pattern you weave. This photo shows both the fishtail and four strand as dutch.

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