The Mystery Braid is so called because the leather is braided, but the ends of the braid have not been cut or separated – it’s a mystery how the braid is made without loose ends.
Many times I have tried to do a Mystery Braid, but failed every time. I was at a craft fair in Lulea last weekend where a man was demonstrating and teaching how to do the Mystery Braid.
You begin with a piece of leather that has been cut two times to give three even strips (connected at each end)
Then you begin to braid, ensuring the braids are tight.
You can see in the above picture that as you braid, the opposite end of the leather also braids up and this must be undone by twisting the tab through the slits
Continue braiding and then un-braiding the opposite end
When you have braided as much as you can, thread the tab through again to “lock” the braid and loosen the braids to even them out along the length of the piece of leather.
Here are some bracelets I have made using this method
There are other methods of making the Mystery Braid via instruction on YouTube and the internet, so do some searching.
Here’s the best YouTube clip I have found;