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Expected in November 2017! 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

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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.



Making Kumihimo, Japanese Interlaced Braids Takadai oblique interlaced braids is written in a step by step how-to format. The instructions are preceded by how to set up the takadai and then cover three structures, plain weave, twill and rep weaving. The final chapters cover double braids and double pick-up braids. It includes a gallery of finished articles, materials and equipment. There is an appendix with charts and instructions that can be photocopied for personal use.

Hardcover, full color, 192 pages.

***In 2011 this book went out of print.

Errata page 1.

Errata page 2.

Braids - 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and Beyond A comprehensive guide to all stages of braiding on the marudai. History and Equipment and Materials and Method include step-by-step diagrams and instructions for a wide variety of patterns for the marudai. Four to sixteen strand braids for round, flat, spiral and hollow braids as well as a triangular, a hexagon, a pentagon and a pentalpha shaped braid.This book also includes instruction on making braids on the disk and plate, excellent for school work, in a math program, linked to geography and history.

Softcover, second edition published in 2004, full color, 159 pages, $19.95


TakaDraft Commissioned by Rodrick Owen written by Douglas Newhouse. Create your own designs for pick-up on the takadai with this easy to use software. Error free coding with the press of a button. Left click on a stitch to set it on a pattern color; right click on a stitch to clear it. Drag with either mouse button to fill contiguous stitches. Use the Code button or press Enter to display the coding. Use the keyboard up and down arrows to shift the braid within the graph or press the Up or Down button. To exit the program simply close the window or press ESC on the keyboard. More help and features are available in the TakaDraft Help accessible in the program's Start group menu or the Help button on the screen.

System requirements: Windows 98-XP $64.95

Takadai Braid Designs Three pick-up braid designs that were not printed in Making Kumihimo due to space requirements are offered here in PDF form. There is an Introduction to the Takadai, Introduction to Multiple Pick-up Braids, How to Change 'Pick-up' Bobbins and Designs 55, 56 and 57.

CD/PDF $10.00

Kumihimo: Japanese Braiding An excellent 105 minute DVD is like having a private class with Rodrick! Instruction begins with an introduction to yarns, tools and equipment then how read pattern layout diagrams for four separate 8-strand braids; spiral, square, hollow, and 8 flat. Each braid has a different end treatment; tassel, blunt, braided loop and wrapped loop. Steaming and finishing techniques are also included.


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