In this exercise I was told to choose a surface material. I have chosen rough and used Scoubidou strings. I am not sure if it is still available in stores, but it was a real trend a couple of years ago. Scoubidou strings are used to make bracelets.
In the sample below I made two three strand braids using purple and green paper string, which is also quite rough and pink and yellow scoubidou strings.
There are different types of scoubidou strings. In the first two braids in the sample below I used a thicker, more flexible type of string. The third braid is made out of thinner, shinier scoubidou string with is also less flexible. I made the fourth braid using satin cord. I wanted to see the difference between a braid using a smooth material and a rough material. It may not be too clear in the picture, but the braid made out of satin cord is a lot straighter. It does not twist as much as the braids that I made by using the scoubidou string. The satin cord was also easier to use.
Four-strand chevron braid
I was not familiar with the four-strand chevron braid, but once I got the hang of it, I really like it and I like the effects you can achieve. In the top braid I used the satin cord again. The second and third braid are a combination between rough and soft materials. I used the scoubidou strings in combination with yarn. I made the fourth braid using only the scoubidou strings.