Learn to make the decorative braids used in the sling-making traditions of Peru and Bolivia; this detailed guide, including 400 step-by-step photos, teaches the technique and over 100 designs for weavers, craftspeople, jewelrydesigners, basket weavers, and others interested in using braids for embellishment. In-depth detailed instructions are given, along with clear diagrams; recommended braiding yarns for slingsand kumihimo; detailed set-up, making, and finishing instructions;and many fascinating contemporary applications. This book introduces a new piece of equipment, the core frame, and gives instructions for making it from wood and dowels. When the core frame is used with a braiding stand and bobbins, a wide variety of core-carrying braids become accessible to kumihimo braiders. Most of the braids, from 4 to 40 strands, can be made on a braiding card and 50 patterns can be made on the stand without a frame.
Rodrick Owen is an internationally respected braiding instructor who popularized kumihimo through his teaching and books. Terry Newhouse Flynn, Textile artist and art educator, focuses on woven, braided, and knitted textiles. She enjoys teaching students a variety of braiding skills.