H Bev,
Slentre braid sounds exactly like the 5 loop braid which was the first
finger-looped braid I learned.
 Did you know that by picking up the loop that is transferred from one hand
to the other in different ways - eg by changing whether you catch the top
or the bottom thread of the loop - you can get different shaped braids?

I'm not sure about Slentre Braid being a precursor to bobbin lace but I
would suggest it is the same family.
Agreed a fascinating topin

On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 6:26 PM, Bev Walker <walker.b...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Gillian and everyone
> I am reminded of "Slentre Braid" which is made of 5 doubled threads,
> anchored at one end, looped at the other. Briefly, two fingers of one hand,
> three of the other hook into the loops where a weaving motion  takes place,
> one loop through another. The result is a quickly-made two-faced braid, one
> side looks woven, the other knitted. This isn't like the braid in Devon's
> photo.
> I don't know the term 'finger looping' - perhaps Slentre Braid is an
> example. Or it could be finger weaving.
> Could be a precursor to bobbin lace. I don't know.
> The topic is absolutely fascinating!
> On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 12:10 AM, Gilian Dye <gild...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I've been puzzled for a while by the prevalence of  finger looping - on
>> the
>> face of it is an unlikely technique to have developed. Why decide to put
>> loops on your fingers instead of manipulating individual threads? Could
>> these braids be a form of plaiting?
> --
> Bev in Shirley BC, near Sooke on beautiful Vancouver Island, west coast of
> Canada

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