Kumihimo

Lessons, information about Japanese kumihimo, maru dai braiding techniques and equipment.

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Braiding
Projects, patterns and lessons on ply-split, sprang and other braiding techniques.

Braid & Embroidery
The making of Iga-kumihimo was introduced from the influencial countries on the Asian continent and the braids were used for Buddhist altars or Shinto implements and costumes.

Braiders Hand
Makers of Japanese style braiding looms, marudai and takadai.

Iga-kumihimo
The history and characteristics of kumihimo are explained at this Japanese site.

Kumihimo
A site that is being developed for kumihimo braiding, with links, and instructions.

Braiding Books: Kumihimo

Japanese Braiding
Kumihimo braids are made of silk threads and were originally used as ties, cording, and belts for clothing and closures for Samurai warriors. Detailed step-by-step photographs present six projects to make a variety of braids, and tips on equipment and advice for developing the projects are included.
UK: Japanese Braiding

Creative Kumihimo
advanced patterns for the Marudai, using 4, 8 and 16 tamas (bobins).
UK: Creative Kumihimo

Japanese Braiding: The Art of Kumihimo
UK: Japanese Braiding

A Complete Guide To Kumihimo On A Braiding Loom: Round, Flat, Square, Hollow, And Beaded Braids And Necklaces
Step-by-step instructions for basic and advanced braiding techniques using the widely available handheld KumiLoom and other disks.
UK: Complete Guide to Kumihimo

200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, or Weave
Hundreds of sumptuous braided designs are arranged by structure, from twisted and knotted pieces to more elaborate looped and woven examples.
UK: 200 Braids to Twist

..more Kumihimo braiding books

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Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi