Braiding Disk Instructions
Kumihimo tutorials for making round braids on a braiding disk
Text and pictures by None Redmond, a weaver and kumihimo braiding teacher.
Optionally, you can get the materials kit with everything you'll need just below to make a necklace using the reverse spiral braid. You can also use this pattern with your own choice of pendants and threads.
Blue Ribbon Heart Necklace and Earrings Kit
This braid is a reverse spiral braid, which is a variation of the basic spiral braid. It's a wonderful next project after the basic spiral, makes an 18" necklace. Set includes hand blown glass heart and matching glass blown earrings with fish hook wires.
- pre-cut pearl cotton threads
- Hand blown glass heart and earrings
- Complete clasp and instructions
Reverse Spiral Braid
By rotating the disk clockwise and changing the threads which are moved the spiral braid or kongo can be reversed in direction. Looking at the first braid made, the direction of the spiral reminds one of the diagonal part of a capital 'Z' and is called the Z spiral. The one made here will have the spiral going in the reverse direction and is the S spiral.
ROUND 1 ("S" direction): Starting with the two brown pairs in the north-south position, the north left thread is moved down to the left of the two brown threads at the south (LEFT upper thread DOWN). Then the brown thread at the south on the right is moved to the north on the right of the remaining brown thread there (RIGHT lower thread UP).
The disk is then rotated clockwise and the red threads are exchanged in the same way.
Move the red thread at the south on the right up to the right of the north red thread (RIGHT lower thread UP).
ROUND 2 ("Z" direction): Now braid in the "Z" pattern (as shown in the kongo braid). Begin with the threads to the right of the last pair moved.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2, changing from "S" to "Z". Keep count how many moves you make in each 'zig' before changing to the 'zag' to keep the zig zag even.
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BRAID 3: a ridged Kongo for a key ring.