These five braids have more in common than simply their fiber and color. Although they look different, each was created with the same set of movements. Pairs of tama directly opposite one another on the mirror exchange places, alternating clockwise and counterclockwise movements. What started out as an extremely simple braid sample for the Structure [...]
For the past few weeks my braiding has been focused on doing samples for the Structure Walkabout study group that I’m leading within the Study Group Section of the Braid & Plait Forum at alljuststring.invisionzone.com. Using Jacqui Carey’s new book, The Book of Braids: A New Approach to Creating Kumihimo [ISBN 0952322595] [...]
I had the pleasure of attending a series of classes taught during the last week of February by Makiko Tada in Miami, Florida. While most of the students worked with maru dai and the Hamanaka discs and plates, two of us were allowed to study techniques for the ayatakedai and karakumidai, respectively. This [...]
We’re going on a Structure Walkabout to discover new braid structures, and you’re invited to join in the fun!
Using Jacqui Carey’s new book, The Book of Braids: A New Approach to Creating Kumihimo [ISBN 0952322595] as our itinerary, we will explore the many ways of combining the movements that are the basis for [...]
Charting the Pickup Braid
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Artist’s StatementI enjoy kumihimo precisely because it is not a mindless activity – it demands my focus and attention, engaging the problem-solving part of my brain. Whether the structure is one that I am braiding for the first time or a familiar one, I am required to concentrate on the way the threads work together to form that particular braid. It forces me to pay close attention to the process instead of hurrying or looking ahead. The individual moves lead one to another predictably, and the structure, once understood, tells me what should come next. This peaceful, rhythmic flow added to the pleasure of the color interactions and handling the silk is the joy of kumihimo for me.