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Topic: Kumihimo cords or braids - new photos added pg 2 May 27  (Read 15136 times)
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« on: May 14, 2007 01:48:19 PM »

At a Sheep and wool festival this past weekend we picked up a small Kumihimo kit from a Weaver's Guild and have since completed three trial cords.  We went to learn nalbinding and are practicing that - but were fascinated by the Kumihimo and found it faster to learn.  Grin



The really neat thing here is that my husband got really enthused about the kumihimo- he remembers his grandfather making steel cords using a similar technique in the late 1940s.  So it peaked his interest and enthusiam.

The other thing is that while one can obtain very fancy and expensive stands to make kumihimo braids - it can also be done with a self cut form and perle cotton threads.

My goal is to make some fancy purse straps.

here are some other Craftster topics on this style of braiding:

Horace has kumihimo legs http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=136721.msg1344154#msg1344154

general discussion with links in several posts
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=133213.0
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http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3911.0
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http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=54195.0
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2007 02:30:52 PM »

very pretty...that will make a really cool purse strap! 
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2007 02:42:46 PM »

Thanks MnkyMam.  There seems to be lots of possibilities.  It is fun to find "new" to us yet ancient craft ways.  Am so pleased to have run into this one.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007 07:16:05 AM »

It would be interesting to try using the finished product into weaving, with other textures.
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2007 08:04:43 AM »

Another good idea, thanks.  Now if my husband will ever get back to weaving.  He is currently trying the kumihimo with some of his warp threads(I think it is warp), but finding them too soft and they are untwisting in the foam card.
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2007 03:34:08 PM »

ooo another weave/braid/plait technique I have to learn!
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2007 04:08:03 PM »

So a couple of questions about your kit - do you just braid up from the octagonal shaped card? Also, what are the dimensions of your card? Is it just basic cardstock or something heavier?
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2007 05:01:33 PM »

firstlove, yes, I'd encourage a foray into this braiding style.

Fun4Bambi, the card is made from thick foam- it could be done from cardboard; however the foam is swell because it grasps the threads firmly yet gently.  Yes disk is an octagonal with a slit in center of each side- use 7 strands, make a loop in center and place loop through center hole (can be braided in center for about an inch and will make a nice loop) then place two strands each in 7 slits (because 7 strands folded over now give  14 strands at top.  Hold loop to create even tension and move strands around the disk.    Very slick.
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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2007 08:17:55 PM »

Thanks, GraceOblivious. I think I have some foam-core board just waiting to be sacrificed for this crafty endeavor. Right now, I'm picturing an octopus having a really easy time with all those threads, but I really want to give it a go.
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2007 03:53:30 AM »

Great F4B,  the foam in the kit is actually fun foam but much thicker than the usual about 1/4 in thick - about the depth of the foam core.  The foam core ought to work too - it just will not be as flexible as the foam only.  One could also make a circle and cut whatever number of slits needed for the amount of threads being used.  We have not gotten that far in our experiments.... yet.
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