Colonial Lake Books

Braiding Books


200 Braids to Loop, Knot, Weave & Twist - $29.00
Jacqui Carey. Hundreds of sumptuous braided designs are arranged by structure, from twisted and knotted pieces to more elaborate looped and woven examples. Each braid features a beautiful close-up photograph, materials list, step-by-step instructions, and easy-to-follow color illustrations to guide crafters along. Each technique is explored indepth, followed by tips on starting and finishing braids and advice for incorporating braids into other textile projects. 256pp. 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.

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.

Nalbinding - What in the World Is That? - $39.00
Ulrike Classen Buttner. Nalbinding - An Age-Old Technique Nalbinding was and is found around the world, but in most industrialized countries it is virtually unknown today. This was not always so. Only when knitting began to spread in the European Middle Ages, did nalbinding sink into oblivion there. Today, creative people are re-discovering nalbinding. If you are interested in how nalbinding developed, this book provides you with a historical overview based on the most important archaeological finds. If you are a textile artisan or scholar, you will find fascinating structures and diverse variations described and explained. And finally, if you have the courage to learn and revive an ancient handicraft, there are instructions for various stitches and practical projects. 116pp. Pb.

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

75 Chinese, Celtic and Ornamental Knots for Jewellry - $30.00
Laura Williams & Elise Mann. Jewelry-makers will learn how to tie decorative knots from across the world with this stylish directory. Clear diagrams are teamed with step-by-step instructions to make tying 75 different knots simple. And each knot is graded so even complete beginners can get started right away. A selection of projects allow readers to create beautiful and original jewelry. Combine ornamental knots with beads for a modern look, or choose a more traditional style with entirely knot-built pieces. With detailed material lists and photography of finished items, this book is the complete guide to a unique style. Also containing a comprehensive techniques section, this book shows how to use jump rings and seal cords correctly. This know-how will be invaluable as readers progress to designing and creating their own knotted jewelry. 128pp. 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.

Leather Braiding - $27.00
Bruce Grant. Leather Braiding has stood for more than forty years as the definitive book in its field. Grant's clearly written guide to the art of leather braiding contains detailed illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and a wealth of incidental, fascinating information. It makes accessible, to even the novice, serviceable and recreational uses of leather, from the simple but clever braided button to the elaborate results of thong applique. The book includes a historical perspective of leather and its function in society, a chapter on leather braiding tools, and a glossary of terms. 192pp. 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.

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