Counter Weights – Slotted

These are the best weights I have found to use for marudai counter weights (CW)!  The hook easily hangs from a CW strap or from a waxed linen loop at the start of the braid. When it is necessary to adjust the amount of CW during braiding this design allows


Darning Needles

These have many uses but are most often used for binding the end of a fiber braid with cotton binding thread. The size is not too important but the needle should be stiff and sturdy enough to be able to go through a fiber braid. In addition to being strong


Diver’s Weight

These SCUBA weights are really useful for set up and at many other times during braiding. I know that often braiders use their weight bags for some of the things that I use my diver's weight for but since I don't use a weight bag, I needed something to use



These are sometimes referred to as yoga or athletic headbands. Unlike other headbands they have thin rubber strips on the inside to keep them from slipping. Those rubber stripes are what make them so useful for braiding. They can be used when working with especially slippery fibers, off-balanced braids or



It is important to choose a hemostat clamp that has a smooth jaw (medical and some other hemostats have a serrated jaw which is not recommend to be used with fiber). The beauty of this small, inexpensive tool is that the jaws lock. This gives you more freedom while working


Knitting needle – double pointed

When I braid with Japanese pre-cut fibers, or other fibers that will be folded in half I like to ensure that the beginning nub of the braid will be as small as possible. I have found that a very thin gauge (1.25 cm) stainless steel double pointed knitting needle is


Kumi Toolkit

In addition to marudai equipment or disk and/or plate, this is a list of the supplies and tools that every kumista should have in their Kumi Toolkit. Click on the item links for a brief explanation of how each item is used. I have provided links for items that are



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 fine for you. Magnifiers are recommended when: • Working with small beads • Finishing the end of braids • Gluing



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 dai 台 meaning “stand.” However, most braiders in the US are introduced to kumihimo through the use of


Painter’s Tape

I recommend Scotch Brand for multi surfaces in the 1 in. width. I find that the generic brands do not work as well, nor does the type for delicate surfaces (green). They just do not grip as well. Scotch Brand does cost more, however, one roll of tape will last

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