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How To Make 50 Fabulous Flat Kumihimo Braids
Beth Kemp

Search Press
15 January 2016 / ISBN-13: 9781782213802
How-To Books/Yarncraft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


If you have made round braids on a marudai you will know how versatile they are, whether for lacing garments, making into jewellery, tying back curtains or anything else a braid can be used for. But the Japanese tradition of making braids is far wider than that, and this book shows what can be done with a SQUARE loom.

Open up this book and you will find a wee envelope inside the front cover containing a sturdy card takadai. This will start you off instantly on your braiding adventure, especially if you are already into this hobby and own the sets of bobbins and other necessary items. If you are new to all this you can find out what you need in here, and get started on making fifty different braids. There are some excellent staged photographic instructions showing the basics, as well as handy diagrams for the projects showing how to set up your loom. Showing more than one color thread is always the best way of showing any yarncraft/knotting/braiding technique and this is employed here to good advantage. The projects are not merely for fifty different braids, but each one is for an actual item. These are mostly jewellery projects and instructions are also given for making up as well as a list of what you need, how to prepare your loom (diagrams and text) and a tips area entitled "Be a Better Braider". There are three skill levels and simple basic projects given way to those with beads or a more elaborate configuration. This is a lovely way of making some unusual jewellery items as well as braids for whatever you need them for.

If you cannot find a good range of kumihimo materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016