Kumihimo: Japanese Silk Braiding Techniques

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Kumihimo: Japanese Silk Braiding Techniques

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:35 am

NAME: tzippurah

Kumihimo: Japanese Silk Braiding Techniques
Catherine Martin
ISBN: 0937274593
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This is one of the first kumihimo books written in English (first published 1986) and as such, it has a kind of vintage charm. The book itself is rather slim (96 pp) and only twelve braids have instructions. The instructions are both written and circle diagrams (the same kind Jacqui Carey employs). I found the written instructions a bit difficult to follow, but I could read the circle diagrams easily enough.

The true charm of the book lies in the descriptions before the instructions explaining the names and shapes of cords (chidori gumi sounds so much more evocative than 7b). Since it is out of print (since 1991), the price of the book alone makes it hard to recommend, especially to beginners. There are few color photos and not all the cords pictured have instructions. Overall, this is something I would request through interlibrary loan, not buy.

Recommended for:

-Someone who wants to read a little about the different names of braids
-Someone who knows how to read circle diagrams or has read A Beginner's Guide to Braiding already

Not recommended for:

-Absolute beginners
-Someone who needs photographs

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