Braiding Disk Instructions

Kumihimo tutorials for making round braids on a braiding disk

These pages are freely available instructions for making braids on the kumihimo disk and plate. These are instructions of common generic braids, patterns freely available in Japan. along with Makiko Tada's instructions for which may be found in her book for disk and plate braids.
Text and pictures by None Redmond, a weaver and kumihimo braiding teacher.

Buy packs of thick silk floss in your choice of colors and a key ring you'll need just below to make the ridged key ring.

A Ridged Spiral Braid for a key ring

Please arrange threads in 2 colors as shown. The 4 white threads should be twice as long as the 8 blue ones.

A key ring directly under the center hole has the threads passing through it and then to the slots around the disk. The braiding weight is attached to the ring.

Please keep the two pairs of blue threads relatively close together. This braid is based on the kongo but with an exciting difference in appearance.
Ridged braid set up.

The initial move is to take the white thread at the upper right and move it down to the right of the three white threads opposite below.
Ridged braid.

Then the white thread on the left at the south moves to the north and to the left of the single white thread there.
Ridged braid.

The attention then turns to the blue pairs of threads and each pair is treated separately as a unit, first the right side pair, then the left side pair. First the blue thread on the extreme right at the north is moved to the south at the extreme right of the blue threads there.
Ridged braid.

The blue thread to the left of the three threads at the south has been moved to the left of the single blue thread at the north. The right hand side blue pair has been exchanged.
Ridged braid.

Now the left side pair of blue threads will be moved in the same way. Here the blue thread at the right at the north is moved to the right of its corresponding pair of blue threads at the south.
Ridged braid.

Here the blue thread to the left of the three at the south has been moved up to the left of the single blue thread in the north. These moves, starting with the white pairs are now repeated over and over.
Ridged braid.>

Here is the finished braid.

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BRAID 4: Checker (Edo Yatsu Gumi) Braid
Ridged braid finished.