I have had several skeins of raffia in my supply stash for quite a while. Decided it was time to use at least one of them and find out how it braided up.
With any stiff or unknown fiber I like to finish the braid in my circular design. After I’ve finished the braiding, I can determine whether or not the circle will have a tassel (love those guys!).
Surprisingly, the raffia ended up with a tassel.
Finished the piece with a purple cotton fiber wrap to set off the small copper embellishment. I like it.
Sometimes, however, no matter how many fun and interesting fibers you braid, you always come back to the basics: silk. The braid below used both plain and variegated silk.
And, wow, what a tassel! I do just love those guys! The little braids seen on top of the tassel are actually two of the warps used in making the braid. I like this one, too.