11 11, 2019


By |2021-07-23T16:58:14-05:00November 11, 2019|

Imposter is a synthetic thread from Japan that mimics silk. It is also less expensive than silk. Biron is a similar thread also from Japan.

2 08, 2018


By |2021-07-28T22:40:09-05:00August 2, 2018|

In Kumihimo interlacement occurs at the Point of Braiding where the various braiding strands come together to form the braid. In using the takadai or [...]

1 01, 2021

Japanese Terms

By |2021-07-31T00:14:54-05:00January 1, 2021|

Anda Gumi           A plain weave braid of over one, under one, over one … Ayatakadai           [...]

11 09, 2020

Karakumidai (car-ah-koo-me-dye)

By |2020-09-11T00:30:56-05:00September 11, 2020|

A kumihimo braiding stand creates a flat braid through a series of 's' twisted threads resulting in a series of diamond shapes called hishi. The [...]

31 07, 2021

Kohrai Gumi

By |2021-07-31T20:34:39-05:00July 31, 2021|

Kohrai Gumi is a more advanced one layer Takadai braid.  It blends Plain Weave and Twill structures.  The appearance of the braid will be different [...]

17 12, 2020

Kumihimo (koo-me-he-mo)

By |2021-07-23T18:21:15-05:00December 17, 2020|

Kumihimo or kumi himo is, literally, kumi or coming together and himo for string, cord or rope. Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding art that [...]

6 10, 2019

Kute-uchi (koo-tay oo-chi)

By |2021-07-23T18:43:20-05:00October 6, 2019|

Kute-Uchi, Japanese loop braiding, dates back to the 7th century. This braiding technique allows the craftsman to make a braid free-hand without the aid of [...]

6 10, 2019

Loop Braiding

By |2021-07-23T19:25:55-05:00October 6, 2019|

Loop or fingerloop braiding is a technique of making sturdy and decorative cords from threads. It is a type of braiding known as loop manipulation. The [...]

11 09, 2020

Marudai (mar-oo-dye)

By |2021-07-23T19:24:39-05:00September 11, 2020|

The Marudai is a round-top braiding stand used to make a wide variety of kumihimo braids in many different forms: round, square, rectangular, flat, triangular, [...]

26 01, 2019


By |2022-06-09T13:48:54-05:00January 26, 2019|

The notch in the side of a kumihimo foam disk or plate. This is also called a slit or a slot.