Kumihimo the art of Japanese braiding

Kumihimo is the art of the Japanese braid. It translates as braided cord.  An ancient Japanese fiber technique that enables the creation of beautiful, aesthetic, and functional braiding through interlacing.  Kumihimo braids are versatile and may be used in apparel design, accessories, jewelry making and sculpture. for more

If you knit and have used icord in the past, maybe it is time to try a new technique to dress up your knitting. Beads and knitting are gaining in popularity.



Lucet photo by Asfridhr

Lucet or chain forks…. was used to make piping (embellishment) for Ladies dresses during  medieval times from around the 16th century to the 19 century. Piping is a type of cordage used to edge hems and as fasteners for clothing (prior to buttons, snaps and zippers). The cordage of twisted fibers also made necklaces and string closures for bags. Without pockets, hanging things off your waist was essential. The earliest known lucet was found used by the Vikings. 

A lucet  makes a square braid cord, that is very strong. It is made from wood today, that comes with or without a handle. In the past they were made from bone and horn also. The end of the cord starts out through the hole. You wind the cord in a figure 8. Wrap it twice and lift the bottom loop over the top loop of each tine, wrap again, continuing to lift the bottom loop over the top.

I have not tried this but it does seem like once you understand the concept, it would be easy to master. I get the impression it is not unlike finger knitting using 4 “tines” instead of 2. I suggest starting with the weight yarn as the thickness of half of the desired finished cord.