Christine here. In the photo left, you can see a spiral made with three braids. (I’m working on pieces for the next newsletter, which will come out in October, on making spirals with more than one braid). I have plenty of two braid spirals, and so I started on this 3-braid piece a few days ago.
I like it… except for the fact that I hate how little spikes of color intrude into the braid below as the taper loses its strands. See 6:00 for the worst example, where the medium blue intrudes into the navy.
You might be able to make out something similar at 10 or 11:00, where the dark blue invades the light braid, and at 1-2:00, where the light braid invades the blue. The remainder of the braids are butted, so there are no taper spikes.
I am stating here firmly, so that I can’t weasel out of it, that I am figuring out how to make a taper that keeps its hands to itself and doesn’t intrude into the rows below. I know it will involve some hand sewing, so some of you won’t be enamored of the technique, but I will be happier with it. I hate the spikes. They destroy the “line” of the spiral and are unattractive. I am going to figure out how to fix this.