Marudai (mar-oo-dye)

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, and other polygonal shapes. It is considered the most versatile of the 5 basic types of kumihimo braiding stands, or dai. The word marudai comes from Japanese words maru 丸 […]

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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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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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Ply-split braiding

This braiding technique involves pulling cords through the plies of other cord to create flat band or three-dimensional objects. As with most braiding techniques, Ply-Split braiding does not have fixed warp and weft threads. Rather, threads alternate between acting as warp or weft. The technique originates from the Thar desert of North West India where […]

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POB

A shorthand abbreviation for Point of Braiding. See definition for Point of Braiding

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Point of Braiding

Point of Braiding When groups of yarns are interlaced and a braid is being formed, the center of the braided structure represents the point of braiding. That is where the interlacement occurs and the structure becomes visible. The point of braiding (Kensaki) provides a great deal of information to the braider: it can tell whether […]

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