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Topic: Kumihimo cords or braids - new photos added pg 2 May 27  (Read 17143 times)
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2007 05:21:27 AM »

Oh! I don't know if I have any of the thick fun foam, but I can see what you mean about flexability. That stuff's cheap, and I have some craft supply shopping to do soon, anyway...might need more fat fun foam!
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2007 11:05:27 AM »

Well, I've been focusing on nalbinding - but the husband has really taken to kumihimo.  He ordered some larger disks - one for round braids, one for flat braids.  These disks are also made from thick craft foam - those these are thicker than anything we've seen in stores.  Here are some practice pieces and the disks.
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round spiral pattern braids


It is really fun to see him take an interest in this.
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2007 01:33:29 PM »

Hey, GraceOblivious, two thumbs up to your hubby's kumihimo obsession! I made a disk thingy out of the thick fun foam (Joanne's seems to be the only place around here that carries it), and am hoping to play with it a bit the end of the week when I'm at a conference - seems like it could be a good auditorium member craft. I think the 12 slot card scares me - although if I found instructions I certainly have enough fun foam left!
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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2007 02:52:38 PM »

Shoot! I was just at JoAnns and didn't think to look there for thick foam! I did order a couple of books by Jacqui Carey: Beginner's Guide to Braiding: The craft of Kumihimo (Beginner's Guide to Series) and 200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, or Weave  (got 'em on Amazon) to help me get started. One of the reviews for the beginner's guide says that there are instructions for making the stuff you need out of stuff you can find around the house. I'll let you know what that means when the book arrives later this week, if you're interested.

GraceOblivious, where did your husband find the disks that he bought? Just in case the ones that I make just don't cut it... Wink
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2007 03:08:00 AM »

Yea Fun4Bambi and CraftADDchick! 

Husband bought the disks from http://www.braidershand.com
A one page instruction guide came with each disk. 

He is almost done with all the design suggestions on the sheets and is already making up some designs on his own.  CraftADDchick, it will be great to get your review of those books.

Fun4Bambi, it does seem to be something one can set down at almost any point and return to without a great deal of pondering over what the next move is to be.

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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2007 05:44:49 AM »

Hey, you've got to check out this thread - we need to unite the kumihim love!

Oh, and my fun foam disk that I cut out last nite is already getting a work out & will be going with me to a festival-of-sitting-too-much-in-an-auditorium (convention) tomorrow. Hooray for portable crafts!
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« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2007 01:34:19 AM »

I love the braids that you have done.  I just posted some braids I had made into the weaving forum this morning and someone directed me here.  I got hooked after watching a video and taught myself from the video.  It's a bit hard to find info online so I joined an online group and am saving to purchase a few good books.  Unfortunately no one within a gazillion mile radius of me does lessons or anything so I am forced to teach myself. My husband is going to make me a marudai and hopefully that will be far easier than the cardboard disk I made from the side of a cereal box!
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« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2007 03:46:46 AM »

here is a link to mickncrispy's topic http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173314.0

I was not sure where to post either - is braiding a form of weaving?  There is no weaving moderator to make the call?  If braiding techniques belong in weaving, let me know and will ask a global mod to move all kumihimo threads into weaving board.  Thanks.
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« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2007 04:41:55 AM »

Oh, I'm so glad we're sharing the kumihimo love! I started a 12 strand braid last nite with instructions from here (the site is in Dutch & English):

http://www.kumihimo.nl/eng-index.php

I did about 5.5 inches. It's still on the foam disk & is in my bag, ready to go to a conference with me...as soon as I get off Craftster  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2007 11:32:50 PM »

It's fun to learn.  I picked up a book at the library when I was in high school, and taught myself how to do it.  I haven't in years, but may end up trying it again.  Thanks for the reminder!

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