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"First published as Beginner's Guide to Braiding—The Craft of Kumihimo back in 1997, here is a brand new reprint with a user-friendly spiral spine so the book opens flat."  —MyShelf.com



"This book will give you an excellent introduction and allow you to explore further with confidence."  —Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers



"The clear step by step photographs were easy to follow and descriptions of equipment needed was straightforward, with homemade variations available for those who may wish to experiment without the necessity of buying traditional equipment."  —West Country Embroiderer's

About the Author

Jacqui Carey is the author of "Beginner's Guide to Braiding "and "The Braider's Bible."
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press; Spi edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484263
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Karen S. Garvin on February 22, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
Jacqui demonstrates Japanese kumihimo using the wooden marudai to demonstrate braiding. But if you don't want to buy an expensive marudai just to try this craft, she shows you some ways of using everyday objects to make your own marudai and bobbins. Really, you don't need to invest a lot of money into this hobby to get started and make some nice braids. The foam disks are a good alternative to the wooden marudai for beginners and they are inexpensive. You can make every braid in this book using the foam disks. I've already tackled several and my results are good.

This book has a lot of color photographs that show the braiding steps in detail as well as different braids you can make. The close-ups of how the warp patterns look during various stages of the braiding process are very helpful because as a beginner it's easy to mix up the braiding steps. Although the instructions are not overly complicated, you'll need to pay attention and become familiar with how the instructions show you to load the marudai (disk) and how to move the threads. It doesn't take long to learn, but be patient when you start.

Jacqui shows just a few braiding moves in this book, but depending on your color choices and how you thread your marudai you can create a wide variety of patterns. The book shows you how to use different thicknesses of thread or yarn and shows some examples that use ribbon or incorporate pre-made cords into the braids.

I recommend this book as a first book for learning kumihimo. The braids in this book are all made with 8 threads and you will be able to make all of them with a small amount of practice.

Tip: I'm using the foam disks, but I made my own weight bag and filled it with glass stones like the ones they use for floral decorations. You can change the weight of the bag easily and the smooth stones won't tear through the bag.
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103 of 123 people found the following review helpful By K. Jennings on April 8, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
Unless you absolutely NEED a spiral bound copy of the book, don't bother. It's an almost exact copy (some images are moved about for space on the pages and the numbers don't EXACTLY correspond ie-pg. 30 is not the same in both books) of the "Beginner's guide to Braiding, The Craft of Kumihimo" Beginner's Guide to Braiding: The craft of Kumihimo published in 1997 in Britain and later in the US.

The reviews listed below the book now, were NOT there when this book became available for preorder (I placed my preorder in January 2009). Had they been, I could have surmised that this book was a reprint of a 1997 edition based on the ages of the reviews.. I really dislike the fact that the book has been retitled, giving no indication of its previous title, nor any reference to the other ISBN.

When I placed my preorder on this book, Ms. Carey had NO information about this incarnation of this edition, no mention that this was a reprinted/rebound copy of an earlier book, on her website. I -love- her books, they're outstanding, but how many copies of one book do I REALLY require on my shelf or on my workbench? In addition, Amazon did not have any further information indicating it was a reprint either.

Ms. Carey has done this with another book as well "200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop or Weave" (published in the US in 2007, Interweave Press 200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, or Weave) and "The Braider's Bible" (published in Britain in 2007, Search Press Ltd.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gary W. Ammerman on February 6, 2010
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This book is a very good example of the various methods of working with kumihimo, the Japanese form of braiding. The procedures are well explained with excellent photos to accompany the explanations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erin Bailey on July 1, 2010
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I have 2 other books on Kumihimo by Jacqui Carey and have been working with beads in kumihimo for several years. I especially like this book because it is a great size for taking with you, yet it has a lot of information. It's is a great book for both beginners and advanced "kumihimoers." I also recommend getting Jacqui's first book on Kumihimo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amul Kumar on July 17, 2010
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This book is very well made. Step-by-step pictures and well-designed diagrams complement the clearly articulated instructions, and the format lends itself to quickly moving beyond the material in the book and towards personal experimentation. I also really like the spiral-bound format, built to lay flat on any page and allowing you to practice this craft with the book open at your side.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By r6d on October 19, 2012
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Lovely photos of the different type of braids. If I had a wish, it would be to have a chapter on using foam looms. This book show show to use the Marudai. (?) which is the traditional method. I recommend it highly to see the tremendous amount of variations possible by color choices and positions, types of threads/yarns and the varied braiding patterns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Mueller on June 10, 2011
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The photographs are precisely helpful; the directions are clear and easy to follow, and the sprial notebook makes it easy to flip to the different steps; and because everything is in color the patterns are inspiring; and best of all it includes a photo and list of all the equipment needed for braiding.
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