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Kumihimo plate instructions

Working with the Kumihimo 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 disk and plate for which she has invented many other braids the 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.

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* PAGE 1: BRAID 1: Anda-gumi *

PAGE 2: Anda-gumi #1 continued

PAGE 3: Anda-gumi #1 continued 2

PAGE 4: BRAID 2: A Zig Zag braid

PAGE 5: BRAID 3: Une-gumi

PAGE 6: Une-gumi continued

PAGE 7: Une-gumi continued 2

PAGE 8 Une-gumi finished

BRAID 1: Anda-gumi #1

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.

Please choose five colours which change from darker to lighter or graduate through the colour spectrum. Cut about a yard of each colour.

Please attach your weight to the centers of the thread lengths with a Lark's Head loop as shown. This end will hang below the central slit of the plate.

The picture shows how the Lark's Head knot is used to secure the centre of the threads. The weight will hang below the central slit of the plate.

Please arrange the five colours from darker to lighter as shown in this photo. This braid was made with three strands of each color of silk embroidery floss color but any other fibres on hand may be used for this first sample. You can see the lark's head knot attached to the weight in the center hanging below the slot.

The dark thread on the extreme left at the north is moved to the west [4 - B] and the dark thread at the south is moved across the threads to a slit at the east.

The thread at the south on the extreme left is now moved to the north on the left as shown below. [(5) - 4]

and the thread next to it at the north is moved to the south in the first thread's place as shown below. [5 - (5)]

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BRAID 1: Anda-gumi #1 continued