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Melbourne Kumihimo Group



About Japanese Braiding

Japanese braiding (kumihimo) is becoming increasingly popular around the world. The multiplicity of patterns and the different shapes of braid make it a fascinating craft. Both decorative and useful, these braids can either add that special finishing touch to handcrafted items or just be beautiful on their own.

Braids are made using a stool or a loom and a number of weighted bobbins, the number of bobbins varying according to the style of braid to be made. (A braiding style dictates which order to move the bobbins in and where they are moved to.) The most versatile piece of equipment to use is the marudai (pronounced MAroo-DA-ee), a round-topped stool with a hole in the centre. With just eight bobbins you can make quite an amazing variety of braids even using one simple braiding style simply by changing the layout of the strands or by varying the colours of the strands.

    Photo of a Marudai

Example of a Kumihimo stool [marudai]

Christmas braid



Membership is $25 a year. This entitles members to the use of the library, yarns and equipment. Marudais can be hired with a A$20 refundable deposit and $1 per week.

The Library, Fibre Supplies & Equipment are available for members' use.

Kumihimo Dragon Fly



Meetings are held from 10. 30am to 2.00 pm every 4th Thursday of the month, from February to November at the Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria, 655 Nicholson Street, Carlton North 3054.

Meeting Dates - 2016

24 March
28 April
26 May
23 June
28 July
25 August
22 September
27 October
24 November
[AGM and Christmas meeting]

Meetings generally include a demonstration and/or hands-on braiding, show and tell, and discussion.

Visitors are always welcome.

Further display and sale of the work of the members of the Melbourne Kumihimo Group can be found by visiting the Gallery Shop at the Hawthorn Art Centre (formerly the Hawthorn Town Hall) near the corner of Glenferrie and Burwood Roads, Hawthorn.

Kumihimo bracelets