Black Edo Yatsu loop joined so that colorful elements in core can continue braiding16-element Kongo Gumi.
Layout for 8-element Edo Yatsu Gumi around the core of colorful elements suspended on Kakudai rod.
Color Layout Four
Color Layout Three
Colorful elements are isolated from the braiding interlacement and suspended on the Kakudai rod while the black elements braid around the core in the interlacement of 8-element Edo Yatsu.
Marudai sitting on base of Kakudai - set-up for making the core braid. The colored elements are held stationary with the pincers of the Kakudai stand while the black elements braid Edo Yatsu Gumi.
Color Layout One
Four color Layouts for Braid 7.109 from
Kongo Gumi - A Cacophony of Spots - Coils - Zags - Lines
Color Layout Two
These shoes from a London designer were the inspiration for a new bag made from my yarn "stash" -- the no longer manufactured rayon called El Molino floss from Barcelona, Spain. I wove the bag on a 4-harness counter-balanced loom (Gallinger), and then braided the handle in the interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi
and Kongo Gumi
selecting designs from the two books I published. I used two different color layouts of the same design to complement the embroidery on the toe and the embroidery on the heel. I used warp waste for the length of the elements, and since the handle was short, I extended it with a secondary black braid which was sewn into the seam of the purse fabric.The process of braiding the black 8-element Edo Yatsu braid around the colorful elements is documented by the photos. The black elements were added into the braid to continue the 16-element Kongō Gumi interlacement. The four different color layouts or iterations of the braid are shown below before the braid returns to its original layout..
El Molino Bag in Warp Rep Float Technique with Extended Braids
To extend the completed Kongo Gumi Braid, a core was sen to the wrapped fringe while black braiding elements were inserted into the finished braid.
Core of Kongo Gumi tassel with a cord extension held in place by pincers of Kakudai. Braid extension continues with 4-element Yotsu Gumi layout below.