Stitches East Stash Enhancement And Kumihimo Links
My first Stitches event did not disappoint. I flew back east to spend the weekend with a dear friend and walk the market floor. I’m pretty proud for heading home with only five pairs of future socks.
We didn’t take any classes other than attending the free demonstration of the Japanese technique of Kumihimo. I loved how the weaving was simple, affordable, and portable. Exactly the same reasons I love knitting socks. Round cords could be used as sturdy decorative handles for felted bags. Flat braids would make wonderful trims for simple stockinette sweaters.
All you need is a cardboard or foam board loom, yarns of your choosing, and bobbins to keep it all from tangling. If you saw the demonstration or are somewhat familiar with the technique, here are some great links on how to get started.
- Kumihimo: an introduction, glossary and source list
- Beginning Kumihimo
- Simple Umihimo Cord
- Picture of round loom foam board to make cords
- Picture of square foam board to make flat braids
- Picture of beads added to braids
November 8, 2007