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Rodrick Owen

Jacqui Carey

Makiko Tada

Leigh Morris

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Ply-Split Braiding

A Lovely Kumihimo Book by Makiko Tada.

The title says it all, this really is a lovely book. It is in Japanese and features 31 braids made on the marudai (as always some can be made on the kumihimo disk). The photos and pattern graphics of the braids are excellent so reading Japanese isn't necessary. Makiko has included several braids that are not offered in her book, Comprehensive Treatise of Braids I: Maru-dai Braids. They are Kasane-Edo, Marukara, Hojo, Jyouku-konkoh-nejiri, Kata-se and Susuna. Imported, in Japanese, full color, 95 pages, softcover. $27.00 See more photos here.

Sling Braiding Traditions and Techniques: From Peru, Bolivia, and Around the World
by Rodrick Owen and Terry Newhouse Flynn.

From the publisher: "This comprehensive, full-color guide features dozens of images of slings from various cultures, both ancient and contemporary. Slings had great significance in many cultures, particularly in the Andes, and were often used as both prehistoric weapons and herding tools. The book shows novice and experienced braiders how to make 50 designs, from 8 to 32 strands, on a braiding card or with a braiding stand and bobbins. Learn step by step how to make an authentic Andean-style sling with braided cords and a tapestry-woven cradle. A range of techniques useful for beginning, ending, and embellishing slings are included, and can enhance a wide variety of other items, like jewelry, garments, and accessories. This book is a key resource for historians, ethnologists, textile artists, weapons experts, and others to learn the practical skills for understanding the structure of sling braids."

Includes braiding card and plans to make core stand. Hardcover, 457 color photos, charts/drawings, weaving diagrams, 176 pages. $39.99



Andean Sling Braids: New Designs for Textile Artists by Rodrick Owen and Terry Newhouse Flynn.

From the publisher: "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, jewelry designers, basket weavers, and others interested in using braids for embellishment. In-depth detailed instructions are given, along with clear diagrams; recommended braiding yarns for slings and 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."

This book is good for all levels of experience. A braiding card is included.

Note: Core frame also known as core stand.

Hard cover, 246 photos, 29 b/w photos, 159 charts/drawings, 1,100 weaving diagrams 224 pages. $39.99



Braids, Bands, & Beyond: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Braiding edited by Robyn Spady. If you didn't go to the Braids 2016 conference this is the next best thing! This book has 37 articles by 30 authors, subjects cover Kumihimo, Ply-Splitting, Other Braiding Techniques, Tablet Weaving, Narrow weaving, Lace and Knotting. For details click on the Table of Contents .

Soft-cover, full color, 173 pages. $40.00

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