Beautiful Braiding Made Easy
Using Kumihimo Disks & Plates
Author: Helen Deighan
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: Crossways Patch
Item Code: 4I0150
Weight: 0.7 lb
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Braids probably came into being, like so many things,
out of necessity. The hunter-gatherers of bygone years realized
that two fibers twisted together were much stronger than a single
Human nature being what it is, it was not long before
these utilitarian objects became symbols of power, beauty or wealth.
Many examples of this can be seen in the beautiful and intricate
ancient braids from Peru and Japan.
From the Author
Textiles have been an important part of my life for as long as
I can remember and I have always loved threads, yarns and braids.
I made many a knotted Friendship bracelet, using a safety pin and
denimed knee as my anchor - those were the days!
Then I saw the wonderful structures created by Rodrick Owen, Jacqui
Carey and like and progressed to using a wooden Marudai. I came
across the Kumihimo disks while visiting Australia and later discovered
there were also square ones -the plates. Simple little tools for
making beautiful braids anywhere - on a bus, on a plane, in the
park or even in front of your favorite soap.
Many of my students, previously put off by complex instructions
and expensive equipment, have been thrilled by the braids they had
made using these simple little tools.
Encouraged by this, I decided to write yet another "Made Easy"
book. It is written for people, like my students, who love the idea
of braiding but want the simple route.
After doing it the easy way, you may be encouraged to take things
further - there is a whole world of wonderful techniques out there
and at the end of this book I have given some directions of where
to go next.
But in the meantime, have fun, relax and get braiding.