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The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi [Paperback]

Rosalie Neilson

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Book Description

July 1998 0966486307 978-0966486308
A limited edition book of 500 copies, each signed and numbered by the author. The book has folded pages and artwork suggestive of the stitching found on Japanese folded page books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Orions Plumage (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966486307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966486308
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 10.2 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth study of one braid spanning 18 years of research Nov. 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As the title suggests, this is an in-depth study of one braid, the result of the author's 18 year journey of discovery. The 37 unique patterns for this braid are for only two colors; were there three, there would be over 400. This gives some idea of the design possibilities within individual kumihimo braids. Most books tempt you with ever more complicated designs, requiring more bobbins or more equipment. This book looks deeply into one eight bobbin braid structure and is never boring.
The patterns are based on the binary number system related to the starting positions of the eight braiding elements. It is astonishing to see the differences that switching just two threads in the set-up can make. On facing-pages 20 and 21, for example, there are two patterns for 6 A threads and 2 B threads. You have to look twice at the change from a pattern of small hearts to a snake-skin pattern.
This is no coffee-table book but rather a book-lovers' book. About the size of a large postcard, it has a printed pattern of stitching on the cover which suggests the spare but useful text inside. The mostly colored pages, one braid per page, are doubled, giving a folio feel to the book. Each book is numbered and signed.
I have Rosalie Neilson's Braid Runner Computer program which will scan through 14 different braid structures in the same way. But having the information for the her favorite braid beautifully condensed to hold in the hand is a pleasure indeed.
Shirley Berlin
Shirley Berlin is a teacher of Kumihimo in Victoria, British Columbia and England. She spends half her year in Canada and the other half in Berkhamsted, England. She is the former editor of Strands magazine, a publication of the Braid Society of England.
This review appeared in Issue 43 Spring 1999 issue of Weaver's Magazine and is reprinted with their permission.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Little Publication April 8 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi by Rosalie Neilson Published by Orion's Plumage ISBN: 0966486307
This delicious little publication is what we call bibliophilistic. As such I think it is unique in the art of braiding. We have, by now, heaps of books; mainly Japanese with luxurious, gorgeous, and perhaps even garish colour-prints. But none of these can be called bibliophilistic -- whilst yours is so.
I admire the paper, the binding, the beautiful typesetting, the unusual fonts. Really everything is exceptional. And in addition (there is) the numbering and signature of the author!
Submitted by Noemi Speiser, author of the self-published book, The Manual of Braiding
Noemi Speiser Ziernerstrasse 25 CH-4424 Arboldswil, Switzerland
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi May 19 2000
By Flavio Ramires - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book for who already has some experience in Kumihimo Brainding, but your new method of mixing design patterns is innovative and easy assimilation. Undoubtedly, this book is indispensable for the enthusiasts in the technical of Kumihimo braiding. I advise that you have too the software (Braid Runner) elaborated by Rosalie for your self make elaborates own design patterns. This a some best book for kumihimo brainding in my japaneses armors construction.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Feel Foolish Nov. 26 2002
By Adam Douglass Burtch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The picture would lead you to believe the book is hand-stiched Japanese syle - those "threads" are printed. This is *not* a bibliophile-quality item. The paper is standard card stock. The colors of the graphics are lurid primary and secondary colors, and the resolution is pretty low. I can' t believe I paid so much for this little pamphlet. Caveat Emptor!

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