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...