Mini%20Project-Kumihimo%20heart. Kongoh-gumi (Friendship Bracelets) Send us your design with or without a photo of your finished braid.
Link to your design - share your pattern with your friends Remember pattern (requires cookies) You should be seeing the kumihimo braid design tool here. If you are seeing this text after the page has finished loading, either javscript is disabled or your browser does not support some features required. DMC code: Work for Idle Hands: Mother's Day, and Mirrors. « Books in February | Main | Knitting BAFTAs » Mother's Day, and Mirrors When I first joined the Creative Fibres group - Spinners Weavers and Dyers - the one thing I was sure about was that I was not at all interested in weaving - how long ago that seems...
Since then I have been seduced into trying my hand at braiding - both Kumihimo and ply-split. [See the extended entry to understand how this came about!]. Anyway, it's Mothers Day today in the UK and this gave me the incentive during the week to finish off some little braided items I've in mind for quite a long time. A close up shows the colours but they are not as vivid as in reality. I had to be quite inventive as to how to finish off the ends, and attach them to retainers to attach to your glasses, [note that Jacqui Carey supplies the ends, and they are fine if you want a lot of them, but I found it cheaper to go to the optician in the village and buy a low quality cord at 75p in order to cannibalise it for the ends].
Kumihimo snake pattern. Kumihimo tutorial: flat braid with hearts. I got the pattern for this braid from a friend of mine, who found it here: .
It makes a flat braid, with a heart pattern running up the center. I am using 10/2 Uki red cotton weaving yarn for the background of this braid. The hearts are in an unlabeled cream colored cotton from my stash, that is about twice the thickness of the red. The finished width is about 1/8", which makes for a cute little delicate braid. I'm picturing using this as friendship bracelets, as necklace cording, as drawstrings, or as trim on a little bag. Here's the finished braid: And here's the process on my foam disk. Here's the starting position. We'll start with the threads at the top of the disk. Take the right hand, inner thread on the top. Take the left hand, inner thread in the top position. Take the two remaining threads in the 12:00 position, and move them closer together.
Spiral with Sequestered Colors. This week’s project was yet another in a series of projects that required multiple attempts before I achieved the result I was looking for.
I tried several different spiral braids that were unsatisfying. I wanted the braid to echo the spiral of blue and orange in the pendant, and there were lots of options. I felt that there was too much black in a plain kongoh spiral alternating orange-black-blue-black. I considered doing a spiral braid like the one in the Spiral Snake Necklace, but I didn’t like the idea of the stripes of blue and orange mixing around the black center. I even tried experimenting with a square structure with long floats to see if I could get it to spiral, but the resulting braid was not attractive to me. This braid is a variation of the ridged spiral structure on pages 21 through 24 of Makiko Tada’s Comprehensive Treatise on Braids Volume VI: Kumihimo Disk and Plate, although I added an extra set of four tama and worked the braid on the maru dai. Kumihimo 4 designs. Design your own kongoh gumi friendship bracelet. Send us your design with or without a photo of your finished braid.
Link to your design - share your pattern with your friends Remember pattern (requires cookies) You should be seeing the kumihimo braid design tool here. If you are seeing this text after the page has finished loading, either javscript is disabled or your browser does not support some features required. Go to original (Java) version of Kongoh-gumi (Friendship Bracelets) DMC code: Leopard - Craft Design Online » Craft Design Online.