Loop Braiding in Japan (Kute-uchi)

Kute -Uchi dates back to the 7th century in Japan. This braiding technique allows the craftsman to make a braid free-hand without the aid of equipment, although for long braids another person may beat the braid. In the Japanese kute-uchi a foot-controlled beater may be used. Loops of threads are attached to a center point. […]

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Nejime (ney-gee-meh)

Nejime is a securing tie that is used to hold warp threads together. It is recommended to make Nejime and other securing ties from thin cotton thread because cotton makes a more secure knot than synthetic threads.

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Netting

Netting is a textile technique in which the yarns are looped or knotted at their point of intersection. This process results in a fabric with open spaces between yarns. The fabric is often but not always elastic. This type of technique is very old and present all over the world with a wide range of […]

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Nick

The notch in the side of a kumihimo foam disk or plate.                                           Click on Read More to enlarge photo.

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Obijime

Obijime is the braided cord that is wrapped around the obi to hold it in place.

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Octo Plate

Makiko Tada has designed a new braiding tool, called the Octo Plate that allows braiders to make wider flat braids.

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Plate

The original foam kumihimo square plate was designed by Makiko Tada and made in Japan by the Hamanaka company. Many disks are available in different shapes and sizes and are made by many manufacturers.

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