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||Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese craft, that makes braids of many
different structures. It was first done with hands alone, but stands
(Marudai, Takudai) were later developed to hold the cords, and the
braid as it grows, freeing up the braider’s hands for faster,
easier, and more complex manipulations. Now boards made of dense foam,
with slots around the edges to hold the strands, are readily available.
Compared to the traditional stands, they are very cheap and very portable,
and can be rotated as you work. The slots hold onto the unbraided
strands tightly enough that they do not need to be weighted to provide
| Some braids require a weight to pull them down as they
grow, and some do not.
Any material in strand form that is not too large or sticky for the
notches can be used. The thinner
size of rat-tail works especially well, as does Embroidery Floss
(in the store, but not online).
KUMIHIMO in the New Way
Materials, Starting a Braid, Finishing a Braid, General Information
& Tips, Patterns, Color Variations: examples of the same braid
and strands, with the colors arranged in various ways, Color Planners:
worksheets for planning strand colors. Produced here at Earth Guild.
KUMIHIMO on a Braiding Loom
Tools and supplies, Initial setup, Round braids, Flat braids, Hollow
braid, Square braid, Beaded braids, Finishing techniques for necklaces,
Photo galleries of project ideas
Circles are best for Round Braids, Squares
for flat (or flatish) ones.
For winding up the strands.
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