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Helen Deighan, author of Beautiful Braiding Made Easy, has once again produced an easy-to-follow book — his time on Japanese braiding. Ideas for bracelets, necklaces, bag handles and much more.

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Cover Beautiful Braiding Made Easy
Beautiful Braiding Made Easy
Using Kumihimo Disks & Plates

Author: Helen Deighan
Pages: 48
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: Crossways Patch
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4I0150
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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 strand.

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.

Kumihimo Plate
Hamanaka Kumihimo Plate
Used for the Art of Braid Making
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Hamanaka Hand Craft
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Kumihimo Disk
Hamanaka Kumihimo Disk
Used for the Art of Braid Making
6" Wide Disk
Includes Free Sample of Cord

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Size: 6" Disk
MFG: Hamanaka Hand Craft
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Table of Contents

An Introduction4
Using the Kumihimo disk6
- Types of yarn or thread 
-Preparing to braid with the disk 
- Braiding 
- Finishing off 
- Sixteen-thread braid 
-Getting different patterns 
More Ideas for Using the Kumihimo disk14
- Reversing the spiral 
- Hollow braid with no counting 
- Hollow braid with cord inserts 
- Hollow braid with wire inserts 
- Triangular braid 
Using the Kumihimo plate24
- Types of yarn or thread 
- Getting a good tension  
- Ten-thread chevron  
- Sixteen-thread chevron 
- Twenty-four thread chevron 
More Ideas for Using the Kumihimo plate29
- Eight-thread flat braid with a diagonal stripe 
- Eight-thread flat braid with a vertical stripe 
- Eight-thread square braid 
- Straight woven braids - ten threads  
- Straight woven braids - twelve threads  
- Zig-zag braid 
Braiding with beads39
- Beads 
- Sixteen-thread braid 
- Basic eight-thread braid 
- Twelve-thread straight woven braid  
- Sixteen-thread chevron braid 
List of suppliers47

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