My thoughts have turned to Kumihimo. I know many are familiar with the process. It’s an ancient Japanese weaving technique, usually using silk threads for beautiful, colorful patterned cords. It’s become more popular lately as simple kits have been developed to do them on a card-like thread organizer. I prefer the traditional way, on a marudai. The first photo is an example of one just like mine.
- The threads are separated and straightened and untangled, then wound on spools.
- The center is weighted with the weights hanging through the round marudai, as seen in the example photo.
- The spooled threads are lifted by the threads and placed according to the pattern.
- As they move around the marudai, they create the weave, which extends through the center of the stand.