Category Archives: Hobbies

Things I make/do for fun.

24 strand Daigo-gumi (“Emperor’s Name”) Spiral Braid

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A braid for our SCA friend Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle on the occasion of his being inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent. I love spirals. Especially when I’m trying to find a way to get the colors of someone’s arms into a braid.  In this case, Eginhard’s device uses Or (Gold), Argent (Silver), Azure (Blue) and Sable (Black), the… Read more »

Modified Uneri-maru-Genji With Agemaki Knot

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This combines a Kongoh braid with Genji, however, I modified it to balance the primary colors of Duke Sir Brion’s arms.  (Four strands in the ‘Kongoh’ part (blue) became an additional four strands in the ‘Genji’ part (gold/red).  

Kongoh 16 strand ‘S’ Spiral with Aioi knot.

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A straight up Kongoh spiral: gold, blue, white and green. Eight two-strand moves working counter-clockwise around the mirror. Not terribly challenging, but it let me keep the metals/colors separated.  The colors worked out better than I thought, but Duchess Anna’s arms have a lot of interplay between the colors and the simple spiral didn’t really reflect that.  Adding the Aioi… Read more »

Threads, Braids and Knots

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Some years ago, at Pennsic, I bought one of those little foam kumihimo disks and started playing with it.  It pretty much consumed that Pennsic.  (When my wife has to remind me that it’s time to armor up for a battle, you know something’s wrong with the world.)  I’ve calmed down somewhat since then, but braids still come out at… Read more »