Sunday, April 15, 2012
Kumihimo - coming together of threads
It's a very quiet Sunday afternoon here, so I thought I would share with you my latest craft obsession. It's called kumihimo. And for those of you that have never heard of it, I'll give you a little information. Kumihimo is Japanese braiding. Kumi means 'coming together' and himo means 'of threads'. At least that what I've read. The Japanese started braiding cords for the Samurai warriors to lace and decorate their scabbards and armor. That's about all I know of the origins of this craft. I know there are many, many different ways of braiding, all varying the look and pattern of each cord, but so far I've only learned 2 ways. One way, uses eight strings or cords and the other way uses 16. It's all done on a braiding disk. Here's a picture of it with my braid already started.