Glossary

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 ...

Hemostat

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, inexpens...

Headbands

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 ...

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...

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 ad...

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 d...

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...

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. Scot...

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 b...