Classes with Terry Flynn

Beginning Braiding on the Marudai

From simple and rhythmic to fabulously complex, Kumihimo, the art of making decorative braids using the Japanese marudai and wooden bobbins (tama), has been gaining popularity around the world. Braiding with marudai and bobbins is easier than using a kumihimo disk or plate since both hands are free to work in unison as pairs of threads are moved in a rhythmic sequence. need to memorize lists of numbers! And since you are never gripping the threads, there is no stress on your hands or wrists. In this 2 hour and 40 minute video, Terry teaches the foundation skills that make learning to braid a pleasure.

The beautiful braids made in the Andes, traditionally made in the hand, can easily be made on the marudai. Those interested in making decorative Andean core braids will want to use this video in conjunction with the books that Terry co-wrote with Rodrick Owen: Andean Sling Braids – New Techniques for Textile Artists, and Sling Braids of the Andes – Traditions and Techniques.

This workshop is packed with information that will help beginners as well as experienced braiders build confidence and take off on their own exploration of braids from both the Japanese and Andean traditions.

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