Welcome to the blog of the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival. This Festival is a 5 day celebration of all things fibre: knitting, quilting, rug hooking, and so much more. Featuring many creative workshops, exhibits, and hands-on demonstrations, the festival offers something for everyone! If you’re looking for a little fibre in your creative diet, then this is the festival for you! October 11-15, 2016
many questions about ‘Kumihimo’, the most frequent being ‘how do you say it?’
So we asked instructor, Brenda Trafford.
Brenda is a
multi-talented fibre artist – felter, knitter, crocheter – who will be offering
a full day workshop on Kumihimo at the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival this
year. Last year, she won the‘booth
award’ at the Zonta Fibre Arts Bazaar.
Brenda said to
say the word phonetically - it sounds like it spells - /koo me he mo/. She then
described this ancient and very functional art form as ‘the Japanese art of
braid making or interlacing strands of fibre such as cord or ribbon’.
Historically, the kumihimo cords were used by samurai to lace their armour and
their horses’ armour. Historically and currently, they are also used as ties on
jackets and kimono sashes.
artists find many other uses for kumihimo braids. Brenda makes kumihimo handles
for her wonderful felted bags and creates kumihimo necklaces to hold beads and
In fact, she
was first introduced to this art form at the conference of the International
Society of Glass Bead Artists in Louisville, Kentucky about five years ago.
So just how
difficult is this ancient art? According to Brenda, it’s quite easy to get
started. She said ‘we’ll wind ribbon on a bobbin, work the braid down the
middle, and go from there’.
festival workshop, Brenda will provide the necessary tools and materials: a hand-held
disc with a hole in the middle and grooves on the outside, bobbins, and enough
ribbon for two cords. She will also have additional bags of ribbon if people
want to gather more supplies. She suggests that participants bring lunch, as well
as a clip like the one below to use as a weight.
Art of Japanese Braiding’ will be offered on Thursday, October 11, 2012, from
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will be held at the Cumberland County Museum, 150
Church St., Amherst. The cost is $40, and all supplies are included. To
register, call 902-667-2561, or contact email@example.com.