3 Artisan Crafts That Love Eri Silk: Kumihimo, Bobbin Lace, and Needle Felting

Although Kumihimo, Bobbin lace, and needle felting may not be new crafting techniques, they remain to be Eri silk's goto techniques due to the silk's fine texture.

1. Kumihimo

Kumihimo A Japanese Technique of Braid Making | MuezartBraids made of wool

Kumihimo braiding is a Japanese technique of braid-making to create cords. The word Kimihimo means to combine cord or thread. Kimihimos have been used as laces for the armor of samurais.

When making braids using Kumihimo technique you will learn that using strands of different colors will change the overall look of the braid. Some artisans also add beads to some or all of the strands. 


2. Bobbin Lace

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Bobbin lace is a method of making lace by braiding and twisting lengths of thread on bobbins. Bobbin lace is also known as pillow lace because most of its activities are done on a pillow.

Pins are set in a pillow to hold the weaving process together. The position of the pins is determined by the pattern the artisan has in her/his mind for the lace.

The basic tools to get started with Bobbin lace-making are a pillow, pins, threads, bobbin, and a pattern.



3. Needle Felting

Needle felting | MuezartNeedle felting using wool and a felting needle (Image Source: MyBluePrint.com)

First of all, you don't need to be a knitter to take up needle felting. Needle felting is a crafting technique that lets you create any felted designs you can think of.

Needle felting is a process of transforming wool or any other fiber in 3D objects using a needle. The techniques in needle felting depend on what you're making. When poking the wool or silk with a felting needle with different intensities you get different effects. 

Tools needed for needle felting are felting needles, silk or yarns, and a felting surface. 


Why Eri Silk Works For All 3 Crafting Techniques?

Kumihimo works with all types of fiber like cotton, wool, and Eri silk is no different.

You can make laces of different sizes with Eri silk as it comes in various thread count or yarn count. 60/2, 20/2, 60/6, 60/9 are some of the yarn counts for Eri silk. Hence, Bobbin lace works well with Eri silk.

Most of the fibers (whether wool, cotton or silk) used in needle felting are slivers. Eri silk also comes as a sliver which makes it a good fiber to make designs of different shapes. 

Rounding things up, Eri silk works well with all the crafting techniques mentioned above.

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