Many long time blog readers will know that I have featured Pru McRae's Youtube video tutorials from time to time.  Pru of Prumihimo is a kumihimo expert and an experienced teacher from the UK.

She has written two books so far.

I am reviewing her second one, Kumihimo Endings. (I will review the other one at a later time) You can also find it on Amazon.  She explained : "I wrote it in response to the frequent comments about people loving to braid, but hating to do the finishing off and I have tried to provide a wide range of alternative methods, as well as explaining the basics."

A timely reference book which I found to be full of useful tips for round or square plate users.  There is indeed kumihimo life beyond glued endings!

It is a small book brilliantly sized to be about that of a typical kumihimo disc. Kumihimo is a highly portable technique. So this book could easily be included in one's vacation craft project bag or when you take along something to do for long car journeys.

Pru addresses the basics in the beginning of the book. Did you know there are a couple of ways to remove a braid from the disk and knot it?  She also mentions 3 ways to seal cord ends.  I also like how she does a simple button or toggle start.

The most common method of ending is to use glue on clasps. So I was not surprised to see a section on types of glue and the best practice of how to apply the glue to first seal all the cords, cutting off the temporary knot, and then gluing the work into the ends.

But I was delighted to see her tips on magnetic clasps for double cords, peyote beaded sleeves to hide magnetic clasps and for the glue adversed - wired endings.

Pru's book is not only comprehensive but full of inspirational ideas. One of my favorite sections was her extensive section - 7 variations in all - on how to do button fastenings!
 Also noteworthy are her many ideas for loop and tassel endings. If you like flat braids, ribbon clamps are the solution.

A must for kumihimo enthusiasts who want to properly finish off their creations in the most attractive and suitable manner.


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