Nick

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

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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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POB

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

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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’s where the interlacement occurs and the structure becomes visible. The point of braiding is clearly visible when braids are constructed on round devices or handheld, where layers of interlaced yarns are […]

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Tama

Weights used in braiding to exert force on the center (point of braiding). Japanese tama are generally 100gr, while US tama are usually 70gr. The weight of the tama is not as critical as the relationship between the total tama weight and the center-weight; the interaction of the two determine the length of the stitches […]

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Warp

Warp is the term used to describe threads before they are braided. We use this term when we measure out the threads and prepare them for braiding. Example: “I measured out a warp that was 30″ long and put it on the marudai to make a braid about half that length.” The term comes from the weaving […]

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Weft

The weft is the other basic component in weaving which turns yarns into fabric. The weft is the yarn placed between warp yarns. The simplest structure is called plain weave or tabby where alternating odd and even warp threads are lifted so that the weft goes over 1 under 1. Most woven structures warp and […]

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