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.
See Other Braiding Styles here:
Madeira Thick Silk Floss
Thick silk for kumihimo braiding and embroidery
Ridged or Kongo Braid
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.
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.
Then the white thread on the left at the south moves to the north and to the left of the single white thread there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is the finished braid.