Braiding Plate Instructions

Kumihimo tutorials for making flat braids on a braiding plate

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.

Braid 3: Chevron (or Une-gumi) Braid (1/4)

Here is a picture of what you need: silk or some other thread, the plate, and a weight. You can also use rattail, yarn or narrow ribbon.
Chevron flat braid.

Please cut 8 threads of about a yard long. If you are using embroidery floss you may like to use two strands of each color. Divide them equally into 2 at the middle and knot. I knotted mine in order to make a braid which would function as a book marker. When the braid is finished I shall make a tassel from this knotted end.

Please attach your weight to this knotted end with a Lark's Head loop as shown. This end will hang below the central slit of the plate.
Chevron flat braid.

The threads will be arranged in the slots between 3 and 10, (3) and (10) as shown and the important thing to remember is that the colors MUST be symmetrical about a vertical axis. So above the rectangular hole it will be seen that the colors are dark green, grass green, light green and peach and then they reverse in order. Below that rectangular slot the colors are different - peach, light green, dark green and grass green, again reversing in order. The colors may also be the same above and below - this will make a stronger pattern.
Chevron flat braid.

The first move is illustrated below in the photograph. The thread on the left of centre at the top is moved across four threads at the top to end up at the side as shown. 6 to (B)
Chevron flat braid.

The second move is to take the thread on the right of center at the top and move it over 4 threads at the left side to the edge as shown. (7 to B) Please remember the order of this cross. Also remember that the threads are crossed, otherwise you will make a hole!
Chevron flat braid.

Please work on one side at a time. In this example the right side is being braided first. The thread on the right of centre at the bottom is brought up to the slot at the right of centre at the top. (7) to 7
Chevron flat braid.

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Braid 3: Chevron (or Une-gumi) Braid (2/4)