高麗組または重打 Koraigumi or Shigeuchi AB or DC




黄赤緑 AB & DC 4-4        ①①②②  ③③③③

紫系 DC 7-6     ①① ②②③③④  ④④④④④④ 
        ④④④④④④④  ④④④④④④
ピンク系 AB 7-6 ①①②②③③④  ④④④④④④  


At the Workshop, I was so impressed by the beautiful finish of the work that I did not notice that I had seen this braiding before.  It looks very similar to Shigeuchi!  Today we learn Shigeuchi, AB and DC.

We can do this either AB or CD.  The braid looks to have a half the thickness and a double width of Kakugumi.  When you work with a small number of loops, the braid is flat, but with over 10 loops, the braid is inwardly curled on the right hand side for AB, and on the left hand side for CD.  You need to knead the braid with fingers to make it flat.

The initial color settings for the 3 braids above are as follows:

Yellow-Red-Green AB & DC 4-4 ①①②②  ③③③③

Purples DC 7-6 ①① ②②③③④  ④④④④④④ 
           ④④④④④④④  ④④④④④④

Pinks AB 7-6     ①①②②③③④    ④④④④④④

I started with AB for the top braid, and changed in the middle to DC.  You will notice the V-fell up-side-down.


組紐・組物学会ワークショップ The Kumihimo Society Workshop





Attended The Kumihimo Society’s workshop “Koraigumi using a kumihimo disc” in Kyoto.  At the entrance I received a set of material; 4 hard twist silk threads, 2 metal threads and a big and a small golden buttons.  It was a rather easy kumihimo with three movements as one cycle.  The finished work, however, is just gorgeous. 

First of all, I was impressed by the silk glazing since I am so much used to Cotton King.  Besides strong twist threads seem to make more stereoscopic braids.  Then metallic gold threads look so superb with golden buttons. 

While braiding, I made a mistake and got mixed up with the color order.  I undid it and tried to start again.  But I got lost.  I daringly asked the teacher for help.  She manipulated threads one by one and corrected the whole mess.  She said, “When you undo, do it in the reverse order one by one.”  She was so efficient and gentle.  My lesson today is “the longest way around is the shortest way home”.

Another joy of attending a workshop is that you can learn a lot from attendants.  Everyone is wearing kumihimo glass chains, pendants, and bracelets.  It is worth traveling all the way to Kyoto just to look at their works.  Today I also saw a special hand-made supporting stand for a disc enabling to operate with both hands.  An attendant next to me worked for a shop Shoen where they make and sell kumihimo and materials.  We had an interesting talk.