Monday, October 19, 2015

Kumihimo on a Marudai

Having learned kumihimo only on foam disks, it's time to graduate to a marudai.  Just in case that was all gibberish, let me explain.

Kumihimo:  Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads".  From Wikipedia

Foam disks:

Marudai:  marudai (丸台 marudai?) is a frame used for making kumihimo, a type of Japanese braid. The Japanese style marudai is 16" (40cm) high and is usually used while kneeling or when placed on a table. The Western style 26" marudai allows the braider to sit in a chair to braid. They are most commonly made out of wood, although sometimes plastic is the chosen material. Unlike kumihimo disks, marudais have no indication of where the thread should be placed; it is done freehand. To create the tension required for the rope to form, wooden bobbins called tama are rolled on the strands of threads, and a bag of counterweights is placed at the base knot of these threads, where the rope begins. The tama are often filled with lead or other heavy metals.  From Wikipedia

And I also want to start adding beads to my work.

I want to attend Braids 2016 - the Third International Braids and Narrow Weaves Conference, to be held in Tacoma, Washington next July.  Most of the classes that I want to attend use a marudai....hence my steep learning curve!

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