Scissors – Chikamasa from Japan

Most people have scissors as part of their braiding supplies and really just about any size or brand of scissor will serve your needs. However, I am totally biased in my love of Japanese Chikamasa scissors. The Japanese are well known for making really great bladed objects – swords, knives,


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 place at the point of braiding during setup on the marudai.


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 without pulling on the braiding cords. The braid will then have a small, neat


Spring Stoppers a.k.a. Bead Stoppers

These are handy to have on hand when you need to temporarily hold threads or cords together. They also have another useful function. During the preparation of a beaded braid, it keeps your beads from falling off the end of the cord. Spring stoppers are available in different sizes and


Stop Bead

This is an easy way to secure beads on a cord. A stop bead is added to a cord after all the other project beads have been strung. To make a stop bead pass the cord through a bead. Slide the bead down the cord to about six in. (15