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Author Topic: Braids:250 Patterns from Japan, Peru & Beyond by Rodrick Owen - Book Review  (Read 967 times)

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LithicStrings

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Rodrick Owen's book is the first one that I bought when I started out doing kumihimo.  I admit I took one live class, which really helped me get started. But after that class, this book kept me going for a long while. In addition to some history with great pictures, he also covers equipment including alternatives like the film canister idea for bobbins (his, not mine) and a cardboard marudai. He also shows how to make a kumihimo card if you want to make your own, as well as a hybrid slotted card on a stand.

The book really shows you all you need to get started.  The many patterns include instructions for both marudai and card method of braiding.  The patterns go from simple beginners braid to complex 31 bobbin braid, with each one having suggestions for different bobbin set-ups to create different color patterns within a single braid pattern.  I find his patterns easiest to follow - when I find a pattern in another book such as Jacqui Carey's that I want to try, I often find the braiding pattern in Owen's book and use it with the other book's bobbin set-up.

I highly recommend this book, especially for the beginner. 
One hint for looking at kumihimo instruction books - be sure you check to see if the book is for the marudai or card method.  I noticed quite a few new beginners books on the market but most appear to cover only the card method (which I think is fairly popular due to less expense to get started and more portable).  I have never tried the card method but if you are using a marudai, you will need a book that shows the patterns for that method.
If you are using the card method, a different book might get you started but Owen's book will still be a valuable addition to your library.
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MrsWTownsend

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Very cool!  I am a book getter and I WILL be getting this book!   :))
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