When the possibility of writing an article for The Braid Society's journal Strands 2012 was discussed, I had begen a series of experiments from my newly published book The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi, and was eager to share the results. The purple braid on the right uses two different layouts from the book with five thick silk elements and three thin metallic elements while the pink and metallic braid uses a third binary layout with an equal amount of elements - four thick silk and four metallic. I felt there was potential in this exploration of uneven weight of elements and materials, particularly for those who like to use braids as jewelry.

Article in Strands 2012, the journal of The Braid Society

Rosalie Neilson takes us on a journey of pattern discovery. The starting point was her recent detailed analysis of the pattern possibilities of the Edo Yatsu gumi kumihimo braid. This led her to think about analysing the pattern possibilities for the 16 bobbin Kongo gumi braid - just how many truly different patterns are there?

After this initial exploration, I decided to apply one of the binary layouts to a 16-strand braid. I chose two braids to study, Naiki and Kongo Gumi. I braided the first half of the sample in one interlacement and changed halfway through to the second interlacement keepinng the same layout.
Naiki and Kongo Gumi
The Naiki braid was chaotic in appearance while the Kongo braid was absolutely beautiful with its green coil spiraling around. This is the braid I began studying, wondering how many unique designs there are. So far, I've documented over 1,000 designs!! Watch for the upcoming publication.