Horsehair Braiding

I admit before my brother started braiding I had no idea what on earth horsehair braiding was. It’s exactly what the name implies – braiding with fine horsehair! It’s a very western art – go to any rodeo or cowboy apparel shop in Wyoming and you might get lucky enough to see the work in person. Several museums throughout the west probably carry examples of this old tradition, as well.

Mentors are usually how this technique is passed down. They work diligently with the apprentice to ensure that the proper process is passed along. It took my brother months of intensive practice to master this art. Aren’t his keychains lovely? His use of highly contrasting color really makes his design motifs sing!

Keychains

I adore the bracelets he makes. These beauties easily slide to adjust to the perfect size! I love that the more you wear them the softer they become, too!

Bracelets

Horsehair braiding and hitching are a dying craft. I’m proud that my brother is doing his best to keep this tradition alive.

Bracelets

In a future post, I’ll share the horsehair belts he’s hitched for us. They are gorgeous works of art!

Songbourg on Pinterest

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Why the name Songbourg? Mostly because it helps people pronounce my last name! 🙂 It’s Bourg as in Berg. Very French! I’m always surprised when someone pronounces it correctly – it’s usually because they are European or speak French or German.

I also love birds so it’s a word play on that, as well. Once the meadowlarks start singing I know spring is here! Speaking of which, I heard my first meadowlark sing Friday morning! Spring is early here in the Rockies and I’m ready for some backyard crochet!

 

Broomstick Lace

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Broomstick Lace is a quick and easy stitch for pretty much any project. The broomstick needle is so large that it makes it ideal for any weight or fiber content of yarn. Fine yarns create a very lacy design with a beautiful drape. Heavier yarns create a more dense and warm fabric.

 

The yarn I used on the cover photo of Crochet! magazine Spring 2017 is Premier Aurora which is a medium weight acrylic. It’s a beautiful yarn that could very easily be mistaken for a sumptuous wool. The colors are soft yet vibrant and the changes are subtle and very pleasing to the eye.

 

I hope you enjoy my newest pattern! Please share your photos of the shawl with me on Ravelry!

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