The traditional Japanese art of cord braiding--known as kumihimo-- has been around for centuries. The technique, which uses a loom and several strands of silk thread, was once used to create the strong, slender cords that reinforced samurai warrior armor. Today, it is primarily used to make beautiful, color-drenched cords for jewelry and other decorative items. In "Twist, Turn, & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids," readers will get everything they need to get started in this ancient craft, including a mini braiding loom They'll also find: An overview of tools and materials from looms to bobbins to glues to beadsStep-by-step instructions for basic loom braiding, handling threads, beads, and more50 gorgeous projects from simple beginner braids to complex beaded cords400 full-color photographs for inspirations and instruction
With details on kumihimo terminology, starting and finishing braids, and calculating thread and bead counts, this book is an ideal guide for new braiders.
Twist, Turn and Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids
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