Kumihimo booklets and kits

This is kongo gumi, the round braid - a traditional Japanese braid, adapted to make on a card or foam disc. No numbers. No adjustment moves.
Just braiding, which can be fairly addictive.

Foam disc, threaded up and started.
Using sixteen threads gives you many colourways; a page with nineteen additional threadings is included.
Red Booklet - lots of useful chat and full-sized diagrams for the 19 braids, all the same structure, made with the same hand movements, (left up/right down), but looking quite different. New! colour page of patterns $7.00  
Red Booklet, Foam disc, Threads $8.50  

Braiding on a Budget

Card plus instructions. All these patterns are modified so there are no re-adjustment moves.

Round Braid, the easiest of the braids on a card $2.00  
Square Braid, simple up-down movements $2.00  
Flat "lace" Braid, not for the faint hearted $2.00  
Flat woven braid $2.00  
Beady Braid, includes an E-Z bob

Foam Disks


round, small, 3 1/2"/9cm
round 4 1/2"/11.5cm


octagonal, soft foam, 3 1/2"/9cm
"Big pink" firm foam octagon for using with groups of mutiple threads or large beads, 4"/10cm


Fill the Gap

This braid descends from straw-plaiting as in corn dollies and straw hats. There are seven threads and a gap, hence the name of the braid. Fun to do. Fun to teach.

Braid Kit, set-up and started. $4.00  
Foam & Instructions $6.00  
Extra Cards - Octagonal $0.50  
Batch of 25 Cards $25.00  

Beady Bracelet Kit

A 9 strand version of the kongo gumi braid, with an additional thread to carry the beads. Started off for you on a small foam disc, the kit includes beads, an E-Z bob to carry the extra long beading thread, closure bead(s), needle, and full instructions.


(another straw-plaiting braid)

Braid Kit, set-up and started on small foam disc. $7.00  
Foamdisc & Instructions $4.50  
Extra Cards - Octagonal $0.50  
Batch of 25 Small Cards with 32 nicks $11.00  


The lucet is closely related to the Knitting Nancy but makes a firm, square-ish cord, useful for trimming and jewellery. Plastic lucets are always available and sometimes we have wooden ones from the workshop.

Plastic Lucet, started and instructions. $7.50  
Wooden Lucet, started and instructions. $15.00  


Spindle, top whorl $17.00  
Ruth MacGregor silk spinning booklet. $10.00  
Special offer: spindle & booklet, BOTH for $25.00  

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