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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 20 January 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218050
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 150
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP Price: $25.99
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Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Braiding


The art of kumihimo by Jacqui Carey

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Book Description

Learn the calming, traditional craft of kumihimo Japanese braiding through step-by-step projects.

Kumihimo is the ancient art of Japanese braidmaking; admired for its dual qualities of usefulness and beauty, and associated with both fashion and the samurai.

In this revised and updated edition of her classic instructional book, Jacqui Carey teaches the use of a marudai (round stand) to produce a variety of different types of braids, which can then be used to create countless combinations of colour, texture and material. Clear step-by-step photographs guide the beginner through each of the projects, and many inspirational examples of the variety you can create are shown.

The rhythmic movements, feel and sound of the marudai in use make this traditional craft a soothing, absorbing and aesthetically pleasing experience; perfect for weaving a calm area in your day.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials & equipment 8
Square braid 14
Round braid 26
Flat braid 34
Honeycomb braid 40
Hollow braid 46
Rounded flat braid 54
Using your braids 62
Index 64

About the Author

About Jacqui Carey

Jacqui Carey has specialised in Kumihimo since completing her B.A. Honours Degree at the West Surrey College of Art and Design. She was drawn to the subject through her love of Art and Maths. Based in Devon with her family, Jacqui divides her work time between making, teaching, writing, researching and demonstrating.


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Japanese braid-making is admired for its use and beauty. This essential guide shows us different braids, which can be used to create countless combinations of colour, texture and material. 

There are clear step-by-step photos and many inspirational examples of this soothing, absorbing and pleasing craft.


The kumihimo techniques in this book are made using a beautiful marudai stand, and lovers of kumihimo will find the story of them quite fascinating.

I do not have a marudai stand, but I did make a braid project using a more modern plate.

This is a brilliant book for beginners, as it guides you through the steps in an easy to understand step by step technique. The projects are simple but stunning, and include bracelets, necklaces and ties.

Each project can be adapted in size, and I loved the rich tonal colours that were used for each piece.

Beads, ribbons and cords are perfect for these designs, but finer threads can be used to make smaller items.

The instructions are accompanied by superb photography, demonstrating each step

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