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Beautiful Braiding Made Easy: Using Kumihimo Disks and Plates Paperback – August 1, 2006

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About the Author

As a professional textile artist, Helen Deighan has been making quilts since 1984. Initially working from existing patterns, she soon started developing her own designs. And, when she couldn't find the right colour or shade to fit - she dyed her own. Over the past ten years she has created many exciting dyeing effects using everyday household objects - from cat litter trays and drain pipes to her now famous plastic freezer bags! Helen's latest passion is designing and making textile coil pots.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Crossways Patch (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954033353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954033354
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.2 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,185,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I own 8 other kumihimo books, and would heartily recommend this be added to anyone's kumihimo library. It walks you through several different braids on the disk and plate, rather than just endless color variations on the same round braid as some other books do. So if you are looking for some different structures or ways to play with the braids, you should check this out. As another reviewer on this site noted, the plate/square disk used for reference in this book is the Hamanaka brand which has a different slot layout than the Beadsmith brand, which is more common in the US. If you have a Beadsmith plate, you will need to follow the diagrams rather than the numbering guide for the instructions, but it's not that difficult to do.
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By Lani on November 14, 2012
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I have been reading through the book and it has some great braids. The zigzags look very nice. They don't seem very hard.
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Love the book but there is nothing easy about it. Shipping was very prompt and the price was o.k. I would recommend this book to someone a little more advanced than the beginner stage.
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The book offers some beautiful patterns but doesn't give enough information for all the patterns. Especially when you want to increase the number of strands used. It shows how to handle, say 18 strands but doesn't explain how to handle the 24 strands. doesn't help with the number of strands per color or how to lay them out on the disks.

Definitely not useful for beginners and difficult if you aren't familiar with writing patterns for Kumihimo. I would recommend choosing another book. Don't waste your money on this unless you are just looking for possible pattern ideas.
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Well written, excellent book, quick shipping, good communication. Thank you.
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a nice book. I am somewhat new to kumihimo (I have learned how to spell it, but pronouncing it takes some thought...). I had no difficulty following the patterns.
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