The Turk's Head 1
The Turk's head is widely used as a decorative button but is
also useful for covering string end areas. It adds balance and
weight to items such as braided romal reins. Those chosen for
this book are a group of smaller Turk's heads rather than longer
ones, such as the long pineapple button. Also included are a
couple of pretty and handy narrow Turk's heads.
Understanding the pattern will make braiding most Turk's heads
easier. A majority of buttons follow the same rules with a few
minor changes, however there is only a single correct pattern
for each one. With experience, the patterns become easier to
understand because of their similarities. The useful and attractive
5 part, 9 bight Turk's head is a good example of the need to
learn the pattern. See pages 69-70.
The word button or knot appears in the text, but do not be confused,
they still refer to a Turk's head. The terms lace and strings
are interchangeable. In the past, the word lace was something
I thought of as coming from a spool therefore I always used the
term string until I started writing these books.
Describing the Turk's head by its parts and bights can be confusing
so, whenever possible, their common nicknames are used, if known.
Some nicknames I may have coined. Refer to page 3, for a detailed
explanation of parts and bights.
The majority of this book discusses two Turk's head series. The
first series are those that increase by 2 bights, technically
to an infinite number but not practically. The series most of
us are familiar with is the one that has even numbered bights
with the parts being 1 number higher, such as 7 parts, 6 bights.
For brevity, I have always shortened the names to 6 bights or
8 bights, and so forth.
This series is what I consider the most important and valuable
that any braider can learn, especially with a herringbone interweave.
They can cover any round object of any size or shape. This is
why they are braided on the bosal heel knot. As many rows of
herringbone interweave as needed, can be added to fill the button.
The gaucho interweave on these Turk's heads is nice and some
very useful, but best only as a single interweave.
The other Turk's head series that can be increased by 2 bights
is similar, but has an uneven number of bights with the parts
being 1 number higher, such as 6 parts, 5 bight or 8 parts, 7
bights and so forth. It is not a more difficult Turk's head to
braid, just different. It can be braided with a gaucho and herringbone
interweave. It gets interesting when braiding a herringbone interweave.
The result is a variety of patterns, as the foundation button
increases in bights. I hope you will enjoy learning it and its