I can't believe I did this braid again so soon after the last big project using this braid, but here it is, more kyo kara gumi (from Makiko Tada's "Kumihimo: The Essence of Japanese Braiding"), this time about an inch wide.
Heavy Kyo Kara Gumi
I loved this braiding pattern when I made braid 148 but the braid came out a bit daintier thn I had wanted. This time, I think I used way too much yarn. I mean, it's OK, but it's more belt-like than I think was necessary.
I wound up using three different types of silk yarn. The gold yarn is a high-quality, heavy, combed silk yarn. The red and white are that low quality stuff that I am still working through. The black is a lace-weight yarn that is also high quality. The black is actually 16 plies of yarn per strand, which was a bit heavy. I probably could have gotten away with just a dozen plies. The red and white yarn is so fuzzy that it doesn't slide past itself very well. this introduced some tension problems in the braid, but you have to know what you're looking for.
Anyway, I did this color pattern because with braid 148 I noticed how some of the strands sort of loop back and forth, and I thought I could bring that out with color. It worked pretty well. The black and gold strands provide a nice border and ground for the loops, and introduce a nice subtle black and gold edge.
2011.11.15 at 12:00am EDT