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    08-28-2012, 02:34 AM
Mane Plaits using thread

I have always used the rubber bands to plait my horses mane, now I am going to bigger shows and a judge recommended I try sewing in my plaits, does anyone have any helpful hints?
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    08-28-2012, 09:26 AM
There are lots and lots of music videos on it, just make sure you use the correct color yarn/string and to cut off all the little ends! And putting a neack sleazy thing over it will help your horse not rub them out!
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    08-28-2012, 09:34 AM
Thanks Almond Joy!
    08-28-2012, 09:41 AM
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They look so much neater. Use a good strong thread that wont keep breaking off when you pull on it to tighten and a decent sized needle - blunt ended. I use ordinary sewing cotton doubled up as it doesn't show up so much and a better range of colours and is easier to fold around the plait. I damp the mane before plaiting but there are some good products on the market to help control and hold the mane in place. A nice well pulled mane makes the job a lot easier - beware of these thinning combs that leave short spiky hairs amongst the mane as they are hard to fold in if they are short and clumpy
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    08-28-2012, 09:43 AM
Thankyou jaydee, i'll go buy some! Does the thread need to be waxed or anything?
    08-28-2012, 10:36 AM
I like spraying hair spray on my hands while I braid. It helps control the flyaway hairs.
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    08-28-2012, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Starshing    
Thankyou jaydee, i'll go buy some! Does the thread need to be waxed or anything?
No I just buy ordinary good quality sewing thread - it works for me. I have tried the stuff they sell for plaiting but it seemed too thick and so didn't blend in so well and had a tendency to 'pop up'
I always secure each plait individually folding the end in by wrapping the thread around it and then use a fresh piece of thread to stitch the plait in
The forelock looks better if you 'braid' it like a tail by starting at the very top and bringing hairs in from each side as you work down - plaiting 'under' rather than over.
WARNING!!! Be careful not to cut the mane when you take the plaits out at the end of the day!!!!
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    08-28-2012, 07:01 PM
Ok, thankyou so much for your helpful hints. I'll have a go today and post some pics, if you could critique my plaiting I will be very grateful.
    08-28-2012, 07:07 PM
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If you get a stitch unpicker it makes cutting the thread and not the mane much easier.
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    08-29-2012, 09:23 AM
Ok, I have one of those somewhere I think... will have to go find it.

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