Two braid structures are the basis of this kumihimo study: 8-element Edo Yatsu Gumi and 16-element Naiki. Using two different colors of silk, braiders will investigate the different effects when a flat 16-element Naiki braid divides into two round, 8-element Yatsu Gumi cords. When the cords are the same lengths, they form small openings between them after they are rejoined into the Naiki interlacement. When the cords are different lengths, they form loops or picots which can appear on the same edge or zig zag from side to side.
Kit: $20.00, includes Coil bound printed handout
Equipment provided by student: Marudai, 16 Tama, Weight bag with weight 45% of total weight of 16 tama
Supply list: Chopstick, Tape Measure, S-hook Scissors, Silk or Synthetic Silk – 8 elements color A and 8 elements color B. Fibers available through Braidershand (elements are packaged 4 elements per bag — need 2 bags color A, 2 bags color B.
Skill Level: Students must know how to set up a braid on the Marudai and be Familiar with 8- and 16-element braids described in title.