Colonial Lake Books

Braiding Books


A Complete Guide to Kumihimo on a Braiding Loom - $39.00
Kathy King James. A traditional Japanese art form accomplished with modern equipment. Turn contemporary cords and ribbons into beautiful braided creations. Necklaces, friendship bracelets, belts, straps, leashes, keychains, gourd embellishments, and many, many other possibilities! Step-by-step instructions for basic and advanced braiding techniques. Using the widely available handheld KumiLoom and other disks, you'll be creating a masterpiece your first day! The secret of adding beads as you braid is revealed, for one-of-a-kind creations. Many detailed drawings and photographs of the steps and finished products. Convenient 6x9 format slips easily into purse or project bag. 88pp. Pb.

Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and Beyond - $55.00
Roderick Owen. The ancient and fascinating art of rope braiding, is presented in this marvellously straightforward explanation of the techniques. The book looks at two families of braids: Peruvian braids, traditionally used as slings for hunting or in war; and Japanese braids, known as kumihimo, and shows more than 50 braids. Drawings, beautifully photographed examples, and the author's diagrams give you all you need to explore endless variations of colour and texture. 159pp. Pb.

Japanese Braiding - $33.00
Jacqui Carey. The traditional Japanese craft of Kumihimo, as done on a marudai, is clearly explained in this hands-on resource that is suitable for beginners but also offers enough complexity for seasoned braiders. Kumihimo braids are made of silk threads and were originally used as ties, cording, and belts for clothing and closures for Samurai warriors. Detailed step-by-step photographs present six projects to make a variety of braids, and tips on equipment and advice for developing the projects are included. By using a variety of patterns, colors, and textures, more than 70 other braids can be used to make a range of stunning necklaces, bracelets, cords, and other fashion accessories. 96pp. Hb.

Kumihimo: The Essence of Japanese Braiding - $40.00
Aiko Sakai & Makiko Tada. The confluence of spirit and thread defies the complexity of Kumihimo, the traditional Japanese braid. As an object of beauty as well as honour, the braid also has a role in utility and fashion. In this advanced work, braid construction is explored using the instruments for creation, the Marudai, the kakudai, and the ayatakedai by stepped diagrams and basic instructions. 130pp. Pb.

Necklaces Braided On The Kumihimo Disk - $35.00
Karen DeSousa. This book is a step-by-step instruction book that tells you how to make and finish a stunning array of necklaces, whether you are a beginner or advanced braider. It includes move by move instructions for four braids. The section on braiding with beads shows you how to add beads of all sizes to your necklaces without ruining your disk. Fancy finishes shows you how to dress up the closures. From project inception to the final touch, this book will inspire you to create your own stunning necklaces. 34pp. Pb.

More Necklaces Braided On The Kumihimo Disk - $35.00
Karen DeSousa. This second book has more of everything. More braids. More patterns. More necklaces. More great tips for making and finishing beautiful braids. It's suitable for beginners and challenging enough for more experienced braiders. The book revisits the round braid (for beginners) and then pumps it up by adding seed beads and finishes without findings. The book includes the Laramie twist, the 16 bobbin Roundabout, a different round braid called the Top and Bottom Tango that lets you evenly space out beads and crystals, and the Color Tipped Swirl which puts an edge of color to a fabulous twist braid. If that weren't enough, the book then tells you how to turn these great braids into beautiful necklaces. Fun, elegant, artistic, great for all ages. 34pp. Pb.

Kumihimo Disk - Square - $20.00
The KumiLoom™ does both round and flat braids, and is usually the only disk you need. But if you are planning on creating an extra-wide flat braid, then this plate will support that project. 5½" wide, 10 slots per side. Basic instructions included (illustrated, with project ideas).

Flexible Bobbins 2.5" (Set of 8) - $9.00
For unusually long braids with thick cord or for cord storage, these are a good choice. For most kumihimo braiding you don't need these, and their larger size is less convenient hanging from the disk. Just flip up one of the sides, wrap your cord, flip down the side, and you have enough tension on the cord to keep it taut, but just a small tug releases it as you need it. These are also great to have just to keep your loose lengths of cord. When you unwrap one of those small skeins of yarn or other cord, wrap it around one of these to get rid of tangles and provide a neat, immediately accessible storage device. Also, these are excellent for lucetting (knotted cord making) and crochet. These are the larger size, about 2½ inches in diameter.

Flexible Bobbins 1.875" (Set of 8) - $6.00
A set of 8 plastic bobbins for use with a Kumihimo disk. Just flip up one of the sides (see the picture below), wrap your cord, flip down the side, and you have enough tension on the cord to keep it taut, but just a small tug releases it as you need it. These are also great to have just to keep your loose lengths of cord. When you unwrap one of those small skeins of yarn or other cord, wrap it around one of these to get rid of tangles and provide a neat, immediately accessible storage device. These are the medium size, 1 7/8 inches in dameter, just right for most Kumihimo braiding.

Nalbinding, Nalbindning, Naalbinding, Needle Binding

Lessons in Nalbinding 1: Scarves, Wimples and More - $17.00
Larry Schmitt. This book is a basic introduction to naalbinding, including the following: What it is, How it got it’s name, Making needles, Overview of stitches, Scarves, Wimples, Mobius scarves and Bibliography. Learn the two “simple-to-intermediate” stitches while making scarves and wimples. 10pp, Pamphlet.

Lessons in Nalbinding 2: Edgings and Embellishments - $22.00
Larry Schmitt. A look at an actual historical use of naalbinding as an edging or embellishment to a garment. Complete directions explain how you can apply naalbinding on your own hand-made garments. 12pp. Pamphlet.

Lessons in Nalbinding 3: Mittens, Mittens, Mittens - $66.00
Larry Schmitt. An exploration of the traditional Scandinavian Nalbinding mittens, including six mitten patterns, four nalbinding stitches, and the historical background. 31pp, Pamphlet.

Lessons in Nalbinding 4: Lots of Socks - $64.00
Larry Schmitt. A study of socks worked in nalbinding. The patterns presented are based on the observation of old nalbound socks, which have been worn in a variety of places and times. 61pp. SB.

Lessons in Nalbinding 5: Great Hats - $61.00
Larry Schmitt. The hat patterns presented here are based on observations of hats dating from the 19th and 20th centuries with some new interpretations thrown in to the mix. The selection of patterns in this workbook is limited to hats that must be wearable by moderns standards, and they must derive, in shape or construction, from Scandinavian tradition. The book begins with some historical background, a detailed explanation of technique, and then proceeds through sixteen hat patterns. The Appendix includes patterns for six knitted hats.

Nalbindning: The Easiest, Clearest Ever Guide - $53.00
Nalbindning is an ancient technique used to produce hats, socks, mittens and other woolen goods using a single short needle and lengths of woolen yarn. Although later superceded by knitting, a tecnique that uses 2 needles instead of one, nålbindning produces garments of a superior quality with stitches that do not run if snagged and a weave that is more dense and therefore easier to felt, providing maximum protection from cold or moisture. It is for this reason that the nalbindning tecnique was still used until very recently in some parts of Scandinavia. This instruction book has full colour pictures throughout and step-by-step instructions in both English and Swedish designed for the absolute beginner to learn this ancient tecnique. 19pp. Pb.

New Age Looping: A Handbook For Fibre Artists - $37.00
Donna Kallner. Older than weaving, knitting and crochet, looping is a living legacy from the Stone Age that contemporary fiber artists give their own spin. Looping creates a fabric so stable it will not unravel. It’s ideal handwork for travel and times when you have frequent distractions. Rediscover this exciting and versatile technique, and begin your own New Age of exploration. Learn looping techniques and variations you can use with many different fibers to create bags, garments, vessels and more. In-depth instructions help you master tension control and shaping. Sample projects help you get started, and you learn to design projects of your own. See how this ancient craft continues to evolve, and become part of a timeless tradition. This book focuses on uses for basic looping (basic naalbinding) as Donna has experimented with and interpreted the technique for modern fiber artists. The book is spiral bound so it lies flat. It’s packed with illustrations. Sample projects are pictured in color, but instructions emphasize ways to adapt a basic idea to your own style and materials. 115pp. Sb.

Turning Heels - $43.00
Erika Thomenius. Good step-by-step black and white photos teach you how to do the Russian stitch, and then how to use it to naalbind five different heel constructions. Also covers the Josephine knot start. 34pp. Sb.

Nalbinding Needle - White Bone - $15.00

General Braiding

Braids and Beyond: A Broad Look at Narrow Wares - $30.00
Jacqui Carey. Subjects covered are; Braids, Twisting, Knotting, Knitting, Lucet Weaving, Tablet or Card Weaving, Kumihimo or Bobbin braiding, Sprang and Ply-Split just to name a few. 56pp. Pb.

Fingerweaving Untangled - $37.00
Carol James. This fingerweaving knowledge and sash reproductions are based on the detailed study of historical artifacts and are housed in various heritage institutions such as the Manitoba Museum and the Musee de Saint-Boniface. It concentrates on American indigenous weaves. 64pp. Pb.

Learn To Lucet - $60.00
Jennifer Hansen. The most comprehensive guide to this ancient tool yet published. Learn to use this ancient Viking cording tool to make strong and very sturdy cords that you can use in so many ways. Use them to make drawstrings, lacings, buttons and embellishments for your knit and crochet projects. Also make jewelry, designer shoelaces, home improvement hacks and more with these strong cords. Author Jennifer Hansen teaches you 6 fundamental cord types and give you full instructions for 8 very useful lucet projects that even beginners can tackle. Included are also instructions for some basic decorative knots that will allow you to craft with cording in new ways. Jennifer teaches you how to adapt items you already have around the house so that you can get started immediately. 84pp. Pb.

Lucet Braiding - $22.00
Elaine Fuller. The "lost art" of lucet, uses a wooden tool something like a wishbone. The braids resemble Celtic knots and knitting plaits, and can be made in a variety of thicknesses as well as colour patterns. It can be thought of as cat’s cradle over a big fork. 32pp. Sb.

Sprang: Language & Techniques - $25.00
Jules Kliot. Besides the basic techniques, the author covers the making of holes, twists, plaiting, twills, lace sprang, complex stitches, double sprang, tubular working and more. 24pp. Pb.

Sprang Unsprung - $47.00
Carol James. An illustrated guide to interlinking, interlacing and intertwining. A step-by-step manual that is well illustrated and untangles the technique of the little-known art of sprang. Beginners and practitioners at all levels will find James’ richly-illustrated user-friendly style of presentation a welcome addition to the literature on the textile arts.80pp. Pb.

Twenty To Make: Celtic Jewellery - $13.00
Amanda Walker. This experienced author showcases her beautiful work with these Celtic-themed pieces of jewellery, ranging from necklaces to bracelets, and earrings to bag charms. Twenty projects are covered in clear, simple and comprehensive step-by-step instructions to create the piece of jewellery pictured. Each project is accompanied by a sumptuous variation, taking in all corners of the Celtic world, ancient and modern. 47pp. Pb.

Lucet - $13.00
Here is a neat hand-sized tool for constructing lucet braid. Made of varnished wood.