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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

The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi by Rosalie Neilson, second edition by Rosalie Neilson describes how the binary code can be used to predict unique two-color designs out of a possible 254. Rosalie presents research into unique design possibilities of kumihimo. She has added the number of elements and the binary code to each braid, so you can do one set-up, (like 5 elements color A and 3 elements color B), and can sample all at them at same time.

The book, based on a model of a Japanese folded page book, has 52 folded pages, and measures 4-1/4" wide by 6-3/4" tall. The artwork on the cover is representative of the stitched-and-silk binding of Japanese books. $30.00


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.

Note: Core frame also known as core stand.

Hard cover, full color, 224 pages, $39.99.



Marudai and Ayatakedai Braids by Hiroko Ojima and Mutsuko Okamoto. Excellent images of marudai and ayatakedai braids to inspire you. Some that you recognize and others that you can appreciate. There is no instruction in this book other than some marudai color layout. Full color, Japanese, 60 pages, $25.00.

Takadai and Karakumi Braids by Hiroko Ojima and Mutsuko Okamoto. The authors have published another inspirational book, this time covering takadai, karakumidai, one page of free end braiding and disk and plate braids. Among the takadai braids there are several that are lacy and some using non-traditional threads. There are 21 pick-pu plus two drafts for pick-up braids depicting Japanese characters; Raku (enjoy), Emi or Warau (smile), Yume (dream), Furusato (home) and Sors (sky). Full color, Japanese, 60 pages, $25.00

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