The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi

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9780966486308: The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi

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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About the Author:

Rosalie Neilson is a weaver known for her work in warp-faced rep. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, and has had her wall hangings exhibited internationally in Japan and Canada. She had lectured and taught workshops in rep ("ripsmatta") and Japanese braiding ("kumihimo") for the past twenty years. She has written articles for the following magazines: Weaver's; Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot; and Handwoven. She is currently on the adjunct faculty as a weaving teacher at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Review:

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....

The patterns are based on the binary number system related to the starting positions of the eight braiding elements....

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, Issue 43 Spring 1999 issue of Weaver's Magazine

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