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« on: March 19, 2004 08:07:00 AM »

 Huh I am interested in learning about braiding on a Kumihimo Disk or a maru dai. Anyone know what I am talking about???  Here are a couple websites...



I can figure out how to make a stand or a disk but don't know how to use it. Has anyone seen basic instructions posted anywhere? Please I am dying to try it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2004 08:15:17 AM »

Here is basic instruction for a braid.
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2004 09:02:18 AM »


This book is really good, I got it from my local library once and loved it.  I've only used a Maru Dai one time because I'm not all that crafty in the making the stand department, more in the textile type department.  Anyway, the one I used was at a museum that had a room set up for all sorts of interactive fiber art type activities.  The point is that I was able to use it after having read this book, and it was a ton of fun, and I wish I had one of my own.  

I see that it must be out of print and in demand though, since it's listed so expensively.  Maybe you could check it out of your local library or try interlibrary loan?  I'd reccomend it, it's a really clear and helpful book, with really beautiful photographs of the braids.

To use the link, copy the stuff that isn't blue, and then paste it at the end of the rest in the address space.  or search Braids: 250 patterns from Japan, Peru, & Beyond at amazon.    Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2004 10:42:29 AM »

 Smiley ecinue88, I had found that site but I am confused. I don't understand the bobbins. it says 12 bobbins but then only pictures 10 in the diagram. And then it tells you to put 4 strands on 10 bobbins, I don't know what that means. Is 10 bobbin a size of bobbin or ten bobbins? Anyone know? I found alot of stuff on very advanced braids but not a basic how to defining what the tools are.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2004 11:30:51 AM »

I think it only uses 8 bobbins of red, and 2 bobbins of gold for a total of 10 bobbins, unless the person is referring to a core thread. When it says 4 strands, it means to use 4 strands of yarn at the same time, so you would have to cut your yarn, hold 4 strands at the same time, and wind it on your bobbin.
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2004 10:14:56 PM »

http://www.weavershand.com/ has some info on it if that's of any help

« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2004 12:59:33 PM »

I had the same problem when looking for information on Kumihimo that you had.  Most of the info on the web is a bit advanced for a beginner.  There is a simple diagram at the following page  http://www.forumsamerica.com/site go to the basketry and baids section and look at the braiding diagram.

Shirley Berlin also has a little booklet about Kumihimo on a card which is how I learned.

The pattern for christmas Hearts uses 12 bobbins.  10 of them are wound with 4 strands of a red thread.  The other 2 are wound with the gold.  The red appears to be approx. twice the diameter of the gold.

Hope this helps.  I am only just startingthis craft as well.
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2006 03:09:55 PM »

I am just about to start doing some japanese braiding again after many years.

I had a look at that site and I think it's a total of 12: 10 red and 2 yellow(gold lurex) -

top: 4 red
bottom: 2 red, 2 yellow
left and right side: 2 red

each set as ecinue said is made up of either 4 (red) or 80 (lurex).

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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2006 10:17:21 AM »

http://www.lacis.com/catalog/catalog.htm in the general catalog section has a samll section on kimihimo, including a few books and some supplies (stands and bobbins, just expensive)  is pretty basic I think if you can afford it.  And you have to kind of hunt around in the site to find the books

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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2006 04:30:20 AM »

Usually, in Kumihimo (especially beginning stuff) the bobbins are in multiples of four.

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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2007 11:32:33 AM »

Wow, that looks really neat! I wanna try that now!

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