This is the technique I use for my ply-split neckpieces.  The classes can be arranged according to need and more dates will be released soon so please let me know if you would like to be on the waiting list for this class or if you are interested in a future date.

These are small friendly workshops limited to a maximum of five people and suitable for complete beginners. We will cover making the required four ply cords, the basics of ply-split braiding and most people will be able to complete a sample piece within the day. The fee is £55.00 which includes refreshments, a light lunch, all sampling materials and the use of tools. To book, send me a private message or via the Contact page on 

They will be on an intimate scale – a maximum of 5 people per session gathered around my kitchen table* – and suitable for absolute beginners. I will start by demonstrating making the necessary 4-ply cords and we will work on creating individual ‘samples’. These can be used as bookmarks, key fobs, luggage identifiers etc. Most people should be able to create a completed sample piece within the day.

Sampling materials, the use of gripfids (the name of the tool used for ply-splitting), refreshments and a light lunch are all included in the price of £55.00 per person. You should bring note making materials – perhaps including your camera. If you wish to continue at home, gripfids will be available to buy and you may like to bring some fine crisp yarns such as cotton, linen or silk as, time permitting, you can make a few cords of your own. The workshop will run from 10:00 am to 4:30pm.

To book: Email me with your details: or phone me on 020 8673 4914020 8673 4914/ 07808 40384507808 403845 and do let me know of any allergies or foods to avoid.

More repeats of the workshop will be scheduled later, so let me know if you are interested in a future date.

* My kitchen table is located at 20 Airedale Road, London SW12 8SF. Nearest station Wandsworth Common (mainline from Victoria) or Balham tube (Northern line).

Brenda Gibson