Decoration is a passion that is both universal and historical.
It can serve a functional purpose or be purely frivolous. Beads and Braids
are no exception. Both beads and braids can trace their origins to the
dawn of civilization and the combination of the two subjects is nothing
As beads and braids compliment each other so well, it is not surprising
that examples can be found in most cultures. However, with such a choice
of materials and styles within each technique there are endless possibilities.
This means that although this subject has been covered before there is
still plenty of scope for new ideas.
Braids can be made in a whole host of different ways. This book concentrates
on the Japanese art of Kumihimo made on a Marudai (Round Stand).This elegant
and adaptable piece of equipment gives the braider maximum control. Consequently
beads can be added with more ease and versatility than with other methods.
Nevertheless, many of the examples shown in this book can be reproduced
using other braiding techniques Forty different ways of combining beads
and braids are explored and they are divided into four sections:
1. Beads added to the threads before braiding
2. Beads added during the braiding process.
3. Beads added after the braids have been completed.
4. Beaded ends and joins.
The order of the first three sections has been reorganised so that the
easier techniques are covered first. Each of these forty concepts are
illustrated with three different examples. Every example can be reproduced
by following the detailed instructions and diagrams. As the book focuses
on the combination of beads and braids, it is not intended as an introduction
This information can be found in other books such as-The
Beginners Guide to Braiding-
It is advisable to cover this ground first so that concentration can be placed
on the new ideas found within this book. Having said that, readers do not
have to be expert braidmakers to use this book to recreate stunning results.
The braids used in the samples have deliberately been kept simple; just eight
bobbins are required and only nine different sequences of moves are used.
This offers a good range of braid structures whilst maintaining an easy to
follow format. An effort has also been made to use beads that are readily
available whilst exploring a broad range of different bead types.