Glossary

Disk Stand Hack

This handy stand is used in Japan to hold a plastic bag for trash or as a drying rack for glasses and bottles.  However, it is also perfect for holding a foam disk in an elevated position while workin...

Tama Loop

After the beads have been strung on a warp a tama loop is tied at the end of the warp cord. The loop serves two purposes: 1 – The loop will keep beads from sliding off the cord     &nb...

SCUBA Weight

These are a favorite of mine and my students love them too! They are especially helpful on the marudai: 1. Weight the fibers to tie the cords on the knitting needle. 2. Use them to hold the fibers in ...

Split Ring

When working on a marudai and making drop-kongoh beaded braids I prefer to start the braid with the cords tied to a wire split ring. The split ring provides a secure way to hang heavy counterweights w...

Kumihimo Point of Braiding

POB

The short code for Point of Braiding.  

Magnifiers

Magnifiers are sometimes needed during prep and/or braiding depending on each person’s needs as well as the task at hand. If you don’t normally wear glasses, inexpensive readers may work f...

Tape measure

A tape measure is needed to measure fibers during set up and for measuring the braid during braiding. For this reason I recommend that you have a tape measure that can measure up to 3 ft. (1 m). This ...

Marudai

Pronounced (ma-ru-dye). The marudai is considered the most versatile of the five basic types of kumihimo braiding stands, or dai. The word marudai comes from Japanese words maru 丸 meaning “round,” and...

Chopstick

A chopstick is needed when braiding on a marudai either with fiber or beaded braids. The chopstick is placed at the point of braiding (POB) whenever you are not braiding and especially when you take a...

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