Awl – Tulip Brand

This handy little tool is good for so many things that I will probably forget to list them all (ha ha, get the pun). I really prefer the Tulip brand awl, yes it is a lot more expensive than other ones, but it is so worth the price. The Tulip


Bead Mat

A bead mat keeps beads from rolling off your work surface. There are a lot of different products available. I recommend using a mat with a rigid back so that it can be picked up without disturbing the beads. This will also give you the option of working directly on


Bead Scoop & Bead Tray

These make easy work of picking up and sorting beads. They are available in many different shapes and sizes, some even look like little shovels. I don't think one has an advantage over the other. Which one you use tends to be personal preference. Link to bead scoop


Bead Spinner

A bead spinner is an essential tool when making beaded braids. It is especially helpful when stringing long continuous strands of beads for Beads as Fiber braids (CBB). The characteristics to look for when purchasing a bead spinner. 1. Small bowl - less beads are needed. This is definitely a


Bead Spinner Needles

There are many options: long or short, rigid or flexible, big-eye or small eye. They all have their uses and usually the size of the hole in the beads will determine which size and type of needle is best suited for the job. For example, the long, rigid needles are


Big Eye Needle

A big eye needle makes stringing beads easy when you use a bead spinner. They have a larger opening than ordinary needles and can accommodate fairly thick fiber. They even work for loading beads directly onto silk or metallic Japanese fibers. They come in a variety of sizes, I generally


Binding Thread

This is used to bind the ends of the braid prior to applying FrayCheck and attaching the clasp. A heavy weight thread is recommended, light weight crochet cotton or embroidery floss works well. The reason that cotton thread is recommended is that it stays in place better than synthetic threads



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 break and leave the marudai unattended. Just about any type of chopstick can be


Cord Zapper

I highly recommend purchasing the extra strong 'Cord Zapper' from Beadsmith because, unlike the Thread Zappers that are on the market, it works well with heavy CLon and SLon cords. This is hottest Thread Zapper on the market and a must have in your kumihimo toolbox especially for beaded braids.


Counter Weight Strap

For many braids the counter weight (CW) is moved up the braid about every 4 to 6 in. (10 to 15 cm) of braiding. Whenever the CW is moved it is hung directly onto the braid. A CW strap is designed to distribute the weight over a portion of the

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