Sixty Sensational Samples
Sixty Sensational Samples: A Kumihimo Collection,
compiled by Shirley Berlin and Carol Goodwin
ISBN 0-9733734-0-7 2004
Learn to Spin Silk
by Ruth MacGregor
How to spin silk on a top whorl spindle, like the ones Peter makes.
Create beautiful yarns with minimal tools - just a spindle and silk.
Tablet Weaving, Basic Two-Colour Patterns
by Ruth MacGregor
Tablet weaving: one of the oldest ways to weave, and it doesn't require a loom! Instead, the weaver uses cards, or tablets. In the Iron Age, these tablets were made of wood, bone or leather. Modern weavers use tablets made of wood, cardboard, plastic, rawhide, shell, milk cartons -- materials of our everyday lives.
This is a book for new tablet weavers. In step-by-step photos, it shows you how tablet weaving works, how to set up and get weaving right away, and how to create an amazing array of patterns from a simple two-colour threading.
The book begins by stepping you through the warping process with explanations in both photos and words. This kind of warping is called "continuous warping". It's just one of many ways to set up a tablet-weaving warp, but it's remarkably fast: you can set up the sample warp illustrated throughout the book in less than fifteen minutes!
The Green Booklet: More Braids on Cards
More Braids on Cards
by Shirley Berlin
Eight different structures to make on a round disc - raised spirals, round, square, lacy, zig-zag and flat.
Two are straw-plaiting braids (Fill-the-Gap and Laramie); the others are based on kumihimo but
adapted so that there are no re-adjustment moves. Most of the instructions are in colour
as are the braid photos. There is info about braiding with beads, beginnings and endings,
and improvised braiding equipment.
The Red Booklet: Kumihimo on a Disc
Nineteen different colour arrangements for kongo gumi, the "round" braid. All the patterns are made with the same hand movements (left up, right down) but the colour set-ups are different. Stripes, diamonds, lattices and added beads. Two pages of colour photos. Chat and instructions for a cardboard marudai.