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« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2007 11:09:36 AM »

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.

Well, I got both of my books, but haven't had a chance to play yet. I did pick up some thick fun foam, but it isn't as thick as the foam pictured above. So I bought 2 and I'll try to glue them together...

But, just a bit of info on the books...
200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, or Weave by Jacqui Carey: It has a good introduction with a lot of techniques shown with full color photos. "The Braid and Trim Collection" makes up the second half of the book and they are grouped as: twisting, knotting, loopwork, weaving, braiding, and ply-split darning.

There isn't much mention of Kumihimo- she makes a reference to it in the introduction, and has pictures of Kumihimo bobbins, but it doesn't look like there are any patterns for Kumihimo...Since I don't know enough about it yet, I can't say whether or not some of the patterns in this book could be used/adapted for Kumihimo.

Beginner's Guide to Braiding-The Craft of Kumihimo by Jacqui Carey: The introduction contains a small bit of information on making your own marudai and bobbins and also shows how to wind a warp. The first project is for a square braid, and extensive color photos show you how to set everything up correctly. The technique for making the braid is also shown with several full color photos. There is also a small set of diagrams to show the sequence of moves (along with a chant to help you remember them). She then shows how to finish the braid off.
Then, there is a section on developing patterns by using different start positions, numbers of threads and threads of different textures.

This pattern (set-up, making the braid, developing patterns) is repeated for a round braid, a flat braid, a honeycomb braid, a hollow braid and a rounded flat braid.

So, based on that information, I'd recommend the Beginner's Guide for Kumihimo, especially if you are starting, or don't want to spend a lot (at $15.95 US, it is a little more than half the price of the 200 Braids). And, if you're interested in expanding your repertoire, you could try 200 Braids.

Hope this helps!

Now, I need to figure out how the best way to glue some fun foam together...

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« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2007 11:17:43 AM »

Now, I need to figure out how the best way to glue some fun foam together...

Good luck with that - my foam is about 3/8 of an inch thick, but I've noticed that sometimes different colors are slightly thicker/thinner than others...don't know if this has to do with the individual colors, or weirdness at ye ol' fun foam factory.

BTW thanks for the detailed book reviews - I hate buying craft books without either being able to leaf through them first or have someone like you do it for me!

Now, I wonder if I'll be able to clean off the curry sauce I just spilled on my foam disk?
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« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2007 12:21:36 PM »

WOW craftADDchick - thanks for the great reviews.
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« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2007 02:32:26 PM »

You're welcome! Now, if I could just make some great cords!

Just a quick question- I have some "rattail" silk cord, that came in spools (the cardboard kind) and I got on sale. If I put them on better spools (like film can ones) can I use that to make some cords, or do I need to use a whole bunch of threads as a warp?
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« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2007 05:42:58 PM »

I've made a cute little braid with only rattail on a foam disk with no other types of threads or fibers - it turned out great. I've been experiementing with everything from hemp yarn, to floss to nylon cord form the hardware store, and it's only a matter of time until I work in a strand of fun fur, I'm sure.
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« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2007 08:03:37 PM »

Yay! I'm definitely trying this when school gets out. Only 11 1/2 more school days left! I'm going to have to dig around this place to see what else I can use to make some cool braids & cords with...
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« Reply #26 on: June 07, 2007 05:34:32 AM »

I'd love to learn, the colour combinations you could make...and they'd make quite bitchin purse straps.  I'm trying to figure out how to braid 6 strands of embroidery threads together right now to make a rainbow hued anklet...but alas, I can't get the hang of it Sad
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« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2007 09:40:55 AM »

Here are many (but not all) of the kumihimo I've done at & since my conference (click to enlarge):



I'll post some of them as FO once I've turned them into jewelry, keychains, and/or bookmarks.  Be looking for "kumihimo" in the thread subject.
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« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2007 11:53:09 AM »

Yea! Fun4Bambi, great to see part of your collection; will keep my eyes open for the FOs too.
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« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2007 12:09:32 PM »

Ha! look at this take off on kumihimo - called a daisy braider

http://www.joggles.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=345_731&products_id=13009

Do you suppose if one made a huge center hole and a 12 inch diameter wheel -- one could make Rapunzel scarves?  Hmmm, will think on this.
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