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Cleveland Area Kumihimo Study Group
January 13 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST
This month, we will take a break from working through Makiko Tada’s Comprehensive Treatise of Braids I: Marudai Braids, and we will be doing a study of counterweight in braiding, led by Carolyn Haushalter. Because we will all set up for this braiding project together, we will meet from 1:30 to 5:30.
For materials you will need something soft in bundles or the weight change won’t show as effectively. Carolyn suggests lace-weight yarn with no elastic or nylon content; perle cotton; crochet nylon in size 5 or smaller; Imposter; or silk. If you want to use embroidery floss pre-cut skeins, Carolyn suggests 3 skeins per tama. The bundles of the other materials should be fairly thick, approximately 20 ends per tama. 15-20 ends is a good number. Starting length should be 70 inches and we’ll mark for a weight change every six inches.
Note: rattail should not be used as it won’t provide good results.
As for counterweight be prepared to braid with 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90% and 100% of your tama weight. So if you have 70 gram tama and are braiding an 8 strand braid, you will need counterweights of: 56 gm (10%), 112 gm (20%), 168 gm (30%), 224 gm (40%), 280 gm (50%), 336 gm (60%), 392 gm (70%), 448 gm (80%), 504 gm (90%), 560 gm (100%).
If you plan to join us, please RSVP so we’ll know how many to expect. Thanks