From "Coral Snakes" to "Cheetahs" by Rosalie Neilson
A few weeks ago, several weavers came over to my house to learn the basics of braiding on the Marudai stand. One of the participants was a dentist, the husband of a weaver. He had never braided before in his life, and wanted to see what kumihimo making was all about. Everyone had brought a three yard warp in two colors -- 4 elements of one color and 4 elements of another. The dentist made a very distinctive warp -- red and yellow -- while his wife Sharon Carsten chose a more subdued set of colors -- blue and white.
The dentist, Dave Carsten, was looking at the Coral Snake pattern and said "why don't you turn it into a cheetah pattern?" With the click of the mouse, we changed the red color to orange and had a totally different look for the same braid. We liked the braid so well we decided we should name it the "Cheetah" (right) pattern of Hira Kara Gumi. Since that time, I have interlaced the braid and will put a picture of it on my web site in the next week or so.