The Book of Braids
has naturally evolved from Creative Kumihimo and there is no reason why a total beginner cannot grasp the principles described in this new book. To avoid repeating information that has already been well documented in many publications, it is assumed that the reader has a basic knowledge of making kumihimo on a marudai.
The Book of Braids, includes over 130 specific examples used throughout the book to illustrate each point, with the purpose of revealing the concepts behind the making of kumihimo, and explaining how these ideas can be employed to create new designs.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS: Within the 128 pages of The Book of Braids Jacqui Carey sought to provide a new way of looking at braidmaking - one that helps with understanding general principles rather than following set procedures. The Book of Braids considers the design process and the development of decision making.
A look at general principles, illustrated with examples
- Decision Making
- Materials and Equipment
- Structure and Pattern
- Impact of the Maker
- Inspirational Finished Projects
Topics include the choice of materials and equipment, demonstrating the affect these decisions will have on the finished project. In addition, details will show how the selection of braid sequence and colour arrangement will produce specific structures and patterns, and how the makers working practice can impact on the final braid. End products will also be covered because design choices are often dependant on the braid's final purpose. All of these topics are illustrated with examples to inspire and encourage.
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SHORTHAND NOTATION:: The book includes an innovative form of shorthand notation, which can be an aid to memorising complex sequences of moves. It can also simplify the documentation of sequences, especially when working with many bobbins. Once the shorthand notation has been introduced, it will be used to show how the traditional sequences for 8-bobbins can be expanded to reveal the solutions for more bobbins (16-24-32 etc) without the need to learn new moves.
A new way of illustrating braid making
- Memorise complex sequences
- Simplify documentation
- Discover new structures
- Expand braids
One of the joys of this approach is that once the movements have been learnt, they can be mixed and matched in any combination, with any number of bobbins, loaded with any arrangement of thread. Thus a small amount of information provides the potential for more creative kumihimo. A selection of braids that utilise these principles, are given at the end with the aim of inspiring other braidmakers to understand and explore the limitless potential of kumihimo.