Ok, sorry it has taken a bit. My schedule has been all messed up this week. The scotch knot will have to wait awhile because of weather and such but I can show the mane rolls.
I tried my hand at the more English version of a mane roll. I am going off of my memory so if I have something out of whack...oops. Now over seas, their mane rolls are material wrapped around taffeta. The taffeta is in long thin strips and when the material is wrapped around it, it makes the braid look bulkier than it would be with just mane. Another common material is long pieces of yarn tied together in a know at the end and braided. The rosettes/flowers are narrower over seas and many many are put in the mane.
So well, I have two American main rolls, American flowers, no taffeta, and no patience to make a traditional roll of yarn. HOWEVER, I think it turned out well anyway.
I personally like the way the bulky braid looks more than the standard mane roll most often seen in the US.
But that is just me...
The equipment for braiding. The two bottom bows go around a scotch knot. The longs pieces of material are actually 2 mane rolls. The purple and white join in the middle to form on bi colored roll and the silver is a sequin roll of its own. For this I needed three strips so the silver one by default became another strand. LoL. Hey..it worked.
The row of four purple things are a set of flowers. I don't have enough to use them to show or anything but are fine for practice. The eight above it are to show another style of them; their tops are silver.
The braiding dummy, mane roll, and my "assistant." Step 1:
Separate three strands of hair from just below the bridle path. Step2:
put the three strands of material around the three strands. Step3:
Begin a braid with the material and strands. This is your anchor. Make sure it is not loose or it and lump up. Step 4:
Add a small strand of hair from the top of the crest to the top strand of material and hair. Step 5:
Continue braiding down the neck. Make sure to add a small piece of hair to the "top" (right most when on left side and left most when standing on the right side) piece of material before it is braided with the rest. Step 6:
Continue the braid all the way down to the base of the neck. When you reach the end, braid the roll straight down. You can add a couple strands of hair if you wish but just braiding without is fine. Step 7:
To end the roll, take the longest strand of material(normally one comes out longer then another but if you are lucky enough to have them all even, just pick one.) and wrap around the other strands at the bottom of the braid. Step 8:
Pull the end through where the material is wrapped around. Step 9:
Grab and pull snug so that it will not come undone. Make sure that there are no loose hairs. Step 10:
Getting ready to add flowers. Step11:
Now from what I read, over in England, the flowers are not always tied it. Instead they have a little longer wire stem and are just placed through or behind the braid in a way that they stand straight up. That is all I did to these was stick them through. When I do the other version I'll show the actual 'tying' of them. And yes there are supposed ot be a lot more of them but for demonstration, this works. DONE!!!
Pat yourself on the back because you are done! The flowers are supposed to be spaced evenly. The first and last ones should be placed first and the others placed evenly between. To accentuate the arch of the neck, esp. is a horse doesn't have a great arch, the flowers in the center of the neck can be left with more stem sticking out and the rest a little shorter with the top and bottom being the shortest to create an artificial arch.
I HOPE THIS IS HELPFUL!!