Braid Documentation & Downloadable Forms

Simple Documentation Whether or not you intend to replicate the braid you are making, keeping notes can help you plan another similar project in the future. There are many ways to document a braid as well as some useful apps that can be downloaded to your phone or tablet. These are some of the things I like to use to keep track of my projects. Kongoh Beaded Braid with Counted Bead Pattern The Bead Layout Blank is used keep a record of the bead placement when making a counted pattern.  You should also make notes of your cord length, type of cords, and necklace length.  See example of how to use the Bead Layout Blank.  I attached a photo for easy reference. Bead Layout Blank Download This is an example of how to use the Bead Layout Blank.  The circles represent beads.  Fill in the cirlces with color or you can use symbols to represent the beads used.  There does not need to be a circle for every bead if the pattern has any repeats.  The numbers next to the beads represent how many of a specific bead is strung before stringing on the next beads. Braid Documentation Form – Fillable Braid Documentation Form – Print Version This form is a good reminder of what you should take notes about and also keeps all the information for your beaded braids on one form.  There are two versions, a fillable document that you can save electronically or a print version which is better for writing. Photos are Another Easy Way to Document Take a photo of the point of braiding before you start your braid. A visual reference is easier than taking notes and is sometimes more useful.  For a beaded braid slide the beads to the point of braiding before taking the photo. Documentation Apps and Suggestions from Kumihimo Wednesday November 4, 2020 Meeting: • Inkflow is an app for Apple devices and makes it easy to add photos, graphics and text all on one place.  There is a free version and a paid version for $9.99 that offers more capability. • Mark Up is part of the Apple Photos app and is free if you have an Apple product.  The link has lots of tips for how to use it. • Diptic is a photo app that helps you create photo and video collages. Cost $2.99. • OneNote is a free MicroSoft app for notes, drawings, screen clippings, and even audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network. And also will sync between all your devices. • RocketBook is a smart notebook that stores your notes in the Cloud. • Excel, Word, Apple Numbers and Pages are also very useful for keeping track of supplies, beads and other materials. Photos can often be added to the file. • Live Collage a $0.99 a bargain app that makes it easy to combine photos and add text. If you have another suggestion, please let me know as this is a living document and can be updated when needed….

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