Jennie Parry

Braid-maker, Embroiderer
Free-lance teacher of embroidery & braidmaking.
Life member of The Embroiderers’ Guild.
Founder member of The Braid Society of which she was President from 1996 – 2001.

Biography

Jennie Parry, well known as an embroiderer for many years, is an enthusiastic braid maker, founder member of the Braid Society of which she was president from 1996 – 2001. She enjoys sharing her collection of ethnic textiles as a study resource and as inspiration. Much as she enjoys ply split structures, inkle weaving and Chinese minority braids, her real passion is for Kumihimo made on Marudai, Kakudai, Ayatakedai, Karakumidai, and Takadai of which she has four. Its versatility and potential for innovative oblique interlaced structures continues to stimulate her work.

Began to make kumihimo in 1985 with Catherine Martin, then Rodrick Owen and later with Makiko Tada, and from the early 1990s, has included all 5 pieces of Kumihimo equipment. Her particular passion is for takadai.
Awarded a Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers Bursary in 2012 for the purchase of a three level takadai.

Jennie Parry