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.

Checker (Edo Yatsu Gumi) Braid (1/2)

Please put the threads on the disk as shown, 6 dark threads and 2 light ones.
Checker braid set up.

ROUND 1: The dark thread at the north on the left skips over it's light-colored neighbor and goes to the north of the two threads on the right as shown below.
Checker braid.

The lower thread on the left skips over its immediate neighbor to go to the left of the single thread at the north.
Checker braid.

The thread on the right of the South pair skips over its neighbor to go to the underneath of the single thread on the left.
Checker braid.

Here the thread in the middle of the three threads on the right has been moved to the right of the thread one the south. It will be noticed that in all of these first moves the moving thread hops over 1 thread moving in a clockwise direction.
Checker braid.

The next move however is just a little housekeeping.

The upper thread on the right is moved down one slit to join its neighbor. The situation then looks like the photograph to the right.

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